On May 23, 2018 Australia and the Netherlands announce they are holding Russia liable for downing a codeshare flight of Malaysia Airlines (MH17) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL4103) on July 17, 2014.
The Dutch and Australian governments took a bold and unusual step on May 25, 2018. One day after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) presented its report of a criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the 2 governments said to hold Russia responsible for the murder of the 298 people on board MH17. The 2 countries demand not only that Russia will take its responsibility, but also that it will cooperate in finding the truth and justice. So far, however, Russia has done everything to deny any...Read more
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 presented on May 24, 2018 an update of the state of play in its criminal investigation. The JIT concludes that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk, Russia. The conclusions are based on extensive comparative research including images of the BUK-TELAR. They are available because it was recorded several times when it joined a convoy on June...Read more
Three years ago Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a Russian Buk missile launched form Russian-backed rebels controlled territory. It seems likely that it was a mistake and that the perpetrators thought they had shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft. Minutes after the disaster the Russian commander Igor Girkin – also known as Igor Strelkov - proudly tweeted they had just downed a plane. When it appeared to be a passenger plane, he deleted the tweet. Russia was in 2015 the only member of the UN...Read more
Russia was in 2015 the only member of the UN Security Council that voted against a draft resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute the culprits of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Because Russia for historical reasons has the right of veto the tribunal was not established. However, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine established a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as an alternative to carry out a criminal investigation. On September 28, 2016 the JIT presented their interim results....Read more
Pro-Russian rebels and Russian soldiers shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine. Two years later there is still no prospect that the killers will be arrested and brought to justice as they remain under the protection of the Russian rulers. The Dutch prosecutor general has formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate the murder of the 298 people on board flight MH17. The head of the prosecutor general’s office, Herman Bolhaar, and the leader of the JIT, Fred Westerbeke, visit...Read more