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Netherlands: Court will allow defence to revisit wreckage in MH17 case02:49

Netherlands: Court will allow defence to revisit wreckage in MH17 case

Netherlands, Badhoevedorp
July 3, 2020 at 20:16 GMT -00:00 · Published

Judges presiding over the MH17 case at a district court of The Hague decided on Friday to permit the defence to re-examine wreckage from the downed airplane at the centre of the trial.

The Malaysian Airlines plane, which prosecutors claim was shot down by a Buk missile, was partially reconstructed by investigators in 2015 and remains in Dutch storage.

Judge Hendrik Steenhuis stated that the court in Badhoevedorp will "order the public prosecution service to give the defence the opportunity to visit the reconstruction of MH17 with a person whom they have chosen and whom they have found to be competent."

Lawyers representing Oleg Pulatov, one of three Russians being tried in absentia alongside one Ukrainian, requested access to the materials to help support the claim that "one or more other weapons" were responsible for the incident.

Prosecutors are accusing the defendants of involvement in the deployment of a missile that downed the aircraft, killing all 298 people on board.

The hearings are taking place in the Netherlands since nearly all the passengers were Dutch citizens. Flight MH17 departed Schiphol Airport and was set for Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, before being shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine.

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Judges presiding over the MH17 case at a district court of The Hague decided on Friday to permit the defence to re-examine wreckage from the downed airplane at the centre of the trial.

The Malaysian Airlines plane, which prosecutors claim was shot down by a Buk missile, was partially reconstructed by investigators in 2015 and remains in Dutch storage.

Judge Hendrik Steenhuis stated that the court in Badhoevedorp will "order the public prosecution service to give the defence the opportunity to visit the reconstruction of MH17 with a person whom they have chosen and whom they have found to be competent."

Lawyers representing Oleg Pulatov, one of three Russians being tried in absentia alongside one Ukrainian, requested access to the materials to help support the claim that "one or more other weapons" were responsible for the incident.

Prosecutors are accusing the defendants of involvement in the deployment of a missile that downed the aircraft, killing all 298 people on board.

The hearings are taking place in the Netherlands since nearly all the passengers were Dutch citizens. Flight MH17 departed Schiphol Airport and was set for Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, before being shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine.

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