From March 2020 to April 2021г Hague court reserved the judicial complex Schiphol (Netherlands, Justitieel Complex Schiphol (JCS) with high security measures for the conduct of the proceedings following the investigation of the tragedy MH17.
A press release published Thursday by the Hague Tribunal.
In particular, the court reserved complex from 9 to 13 March, from 23 to 27 March, from 8 June to 3 July, from August 31 to November 13, 2020 and February 1 through March 26, 2021г.
In accordance with the press release, 9 March will begin the first phase of the trial, during which it will be clear who will appear at the hearing, as things stand with the investigation and what remains to be done. “While it is impossible to say in which other dates of the reserved period will be other sessions, and when they may start the proceedings on the merits. This information will appear when these issues will be more clear”, – stated in the message of the court.
At the same time, Dutch NOS TV channel reports that for this particular hearing, the Netherlands should amend the national legislation that will allow for hearings and in the English language, because as of today, all trials in the country must be carried out in the Netherlands. It is also specified that the suspects “would be present” in court via a video link.
The judicial complex Schiphol, with increased security measures can accommodate about a thousand people and is located a few kilometers from the international airport Schiphol, near which not so long ago in memory of the victims of the tragedy was opened a memorial complex.
Boeing of airline “Malaysian airlines”, carrying out flight MH17 Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was shot down in the skies over the Donetsk region on 17 July 2014. Killed all 298 people who were on Board, 192 of them Dutch nationals.
To investigate the tragedy set up a Joint investigation group (SGG, Joint Investigation Team, JIT), which includes representatives of Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Malaysia, as well as representatives of Eurojust. 28 September 2016 in the Netherlands presented the results of the criminal investigation into the causes of the disaster, in accordance with which the airliner was shot down by a missile 9M38 series that started with self-propelled fire installation Vuk with agricultural fields near the village of Pervomayskaya, which was under the control of Pro-Russian separatists. The investigation also found that the installation of the Beech was delivered to Ukraine from the Russian Federation and after use was again returned to the territory of the Russian Federation.
June 19, SSG announced the names of four suspects: Russians Igor Girkin (Shooters), Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. The head of the National Prosecutor of the Netherlands Fred vesterbeke said that though they are not fired on the plane, but organized the delivery of weapons, so they are considered suspects. “These four people are suspected of having collaborated in July of 2014, which led to the Downing of a passenger plane. None of them pressed the button myself, but they worked closely to deliver weapons, and can therefore be considered as suspects that they are involved in bringing down MH17”, – he said at a press conference.
Later it was reported that the citizen of Ukraine Volodymyr tzemach in the Dutch prosecutors also believe the suspect and that possesses important information. While in detention in Ukraine, he was interrogated by the investigation, however, in mid-August it became known that the tzemach can become part of the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. The government of the Netherlands encouraged the Krajina government not to do Tzemach part of a prisoner exchange, but on 7 September he was transferred to the Russian side during the exchange of 35 to 35. For this reason, the attorney General has asked Russia to extradite the suspect. In the Netherlands the transfer of the Tzemach Russia caused an extremely negative reaction. So, the Deputy of the European Parliament Kati Piri, speaking on October 9 at the plenary meeting in which was discussed the Ukrainian question, said that the transfer Tzemach was “unacceptable”. “At that time, as we understand the context in which the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, the transfer of a key suspect in MH17 tragedy on Russia is unacceptable. It is an insult to the victims and their relatives, they deserve to see those responsible brought to justice,” she said.