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Crash of flight MH17: Dutch justice will deliver its verdict on November 17

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On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

An international team of investigators say the aircraft was shot down over the conflict zone with pro-Russian separatists by a missile brought in from a Russian military base, likely to fight against Ukrainian forces. Moscow has always denied any involvement.

The trial, which started in March 2020, was held under tight security in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam, as the Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and most of the victims are Dutch.

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decision will take part of the day and will probably take place in the afternoon.

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Of the shortcomings in the file, argue defense lawyers

Three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinski and Oleg Pulatov, and a Ukrainian, Leonid Kharchenko, all high ranking pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, are accused of shooting down flight MH17 with a surface-to-air missile.

Igor Girkin, known by his pseudonym of Strelkovis the most publicized suspect: he is a former Russian spy who was active at the start of the conflict in Ukraine in 2014, and who spoke about the current war.

Prosecutors in December sought life sentences for the four accused men, saying they played a pivotal role in securing the Buk missile system, which was likely intended to shoot down a Ukrainian warplane.

The four accused, who claim their innocence, refused to appear and were tried in absentia. Only Mr. Poulatov had legal representation.

For his advice, the judges did not demonstrate that a BUK missile, supplied by Russia, had shot down the Boeing 777 airliner, finding that there was gaps in the file.

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They said prosecutors could not prove their theory based on phone conversations, footage and witness statements that it was indeed the missile that caused MH17 to crash.

They thus pleaded for the acquittal of their client.

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