MH17: Suspects behind downing of flight to be prosecuted in the Netherlands

All 298 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were killed when the plane was downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine

Dutch Foreign Ministry Says MH17 Suspects To Be Prosecuted In Dutch Court

Ukraine and the Netherlands are planning on July 7 to sign an agreement on global legal cooperation that will entitle the Dutch side to hold a trial, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Wednesday announced suspects in the July 2014 incident would be prosecuted in the Netherlands, though none have so far been named.

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko welcomed the decision and pledged his country's full support for the Dutch prosecution, which came about after Russian Federation vetoed efforts to create an worldwide tribunal through the United Nations.

The Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was blown out of the sky on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops.

This is the decision of the five countries that make up a Joint Investigation Team to co-operate in an ongoing criminal investigation.

"We're still seeing a great deal of disinformation and attempts to discredit the investigation".

The statement says the countries will continue to cooperate on the prosecution and that it will cover all 298 victims, who came from 17 countries.

"Nevertheless, major results have been achieved", Koenders said, including "the report of the investigation by the Dutch Safety Board and the JIT's presentation of findings in September 2016".

An worldwide criminal investigation determined in 2016 that a missile, fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, struck the plane as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2014. Ukraine and the Netherlands will sign a treaty on Friday to allow criminal prosecutions to be transferred to Dutch courts, the justice ministry said in astatement. "That remains the highest priority for the Dutch government". Russia had resorted to touting conspiracy theories for the cause of the shoot-down, including one that the Central Intelligence Agency filled a plane with fake bodies and crashed it to discredit Russian separatists in Ukraine.

On the other hand, the Bellingcat investigative team has used images posted on social media and geolocation tools to track in detail the Buk's alleged journey from Russian Federation to eastern Ukraine and back again.

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