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Court in the Netherlands closes hearings on MH17 crash

Court in the Netherlands closes hearings on MH17 crash

A court in the Netherlands has completed hearings on the crash of Boeing 777 flight MH17 in Ukraine in 2014.

Judge Hendrik Steinhuis scheduled the next hearing for September 22, but it will be of a technical nature.

 

“The court needs time to consider all the arguments presented, the nearest date when a verdict can be announced is November 17,” the judge said.


He noted that the judges may announce the verdict earlier, but this process may be delayed until December 22. Oleg Pulatov, a Lieutenant Colonel of the Reserve of the Russian Airborne Forces, accused in this case, said that he was innocent and asked to be acquitted.


Earlier, a group of American experts admitted that the calculations made by the Russian defense concern Almaz-Antey of the damage to flight MH17 are the most plausible and correspond to the nature of the damage found on the wreckage of the aircraft.


On December 21, 2021, the Dutch prosecutor’s office accused Russia of being involved in the 2014 plane crash. The agency presented materials from social networks in court as evidence of the involvement of the 53rd brigade of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the crash of a Malaysian Boeing 777 over the Donbass in 2014.