On July 17, 2014, the District Court of The Hague in the case of the Malaysia Airlines airliner shot down in the sky over Donbas officially named the day of the announcement of the verdict.
The official announcement was made by the court on Thursday, September 22, at a session that was resumed specifically for this purpose, writes Interfax-Ukraine.
Landing in The Hague: how will the MH17 process end for RussiaThe course of court hearings indicates that Russia will not be able to shift responsibility for the disaster to Ukraine.
June 11, 2021, 3:18 p.m
The date was announced by presiding judge Hendrik Steinhaus – the guilty verdict will be delivered on November 17, 2022. The meeting will start at 13:30.
Today’s session was the last in the court hearings that began on March 9, 2020.
On December 22 last year, the prosecution in the trial demanded that the court sentence the four defendants in this case – three Russians and one Ukrainian – Igor Girkin, Serhii Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko – to life imprisonment.
In addition, the prosecution asked the court to order their arrest.
The defendants are prosecuted under two articles of the Criminal Code of the Netherlands – for causing the accident of flight MH17, as a result of which 298 passengers died (Article 168) and for killing 298 passengers of flight MH17 (Article 289).
At the same time, the prosecution believes that the guilty parties should pay the following amounts: those who lost a loved one in this disaster – 40,000 euros, the second category, which includes children and parents who did not live with the deceased, should be paid 35,000 euros euros, and the third category, which includes brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, uncles and aunts, nephews and families of spouses who lived with the deceased – 30 thousand euros each.
It will be recalled that flight MH17 was shot down more than eight years ago.
A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on a Kuala Lumpur flight crashed in the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board. All died.
The International Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the MH17 case concluded that the plane was shot down from the Buk anti-aircraft missile system belonging to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, stationed in Kursk.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine assumed that the verdicts in the MH17 case would be announced in at least a few years.
You can see how the investigation progressed on the infographic.