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Source (Dutch only): Een of meer verdachten neerhalen vlucht MH17 hebben advocaat
DeepL Translator said:NOS News - Interior - Today, 13:21 - Adjusted Today, 14:36
One or more suspects shoot down flight MH17 have lawyer
One or more suspects of the downing of flight MH17 and the murder of the 298 occupants will be assisted by a law firm, the District Court of The Hague reports. Which law firm that is and which suspect(s) is (are) involved will not be released.
"So now the criminal trial has really become a case", says reporter Gert-Jan Dennekamp. "Until now it seemed to be a one-sided trial because the suspects refused to acknowledge the court or said they had nothing to do with the case".
In June last year, the Netherlands announced that four suspects were being prosecuted. They are Leonid Khartschenko from Ukraine and Oleg Pulatov, Igor Girkin and Sergey Dobinsky from Russia.
Igor Girkin (also known as Strelkov) said today to Nieuwsuur [News Hour] that he is not the one to be represented, because he doesn't recognize the court.
Previously, Dutbinsky told the Russian press agency Interfax that he would not voluntarily appear in court because he said he had nothing to do with the MH17 disaster. Nothing is known about Pulatov and Khartschenko.
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It is customary to not provide information about those present before the trial starts. In criminal cases, information about a trial is available to journalists under embargo no later than one week before the hearing. This information may not be made public until the public hearing of the case begins.
The trial of the MH17 suspects is scheduled to take well over one year. The District Court of The Hague reports that between March 2020 and April 2021 a number of hearing periods have been reserved at the Schiphol Judicial Complex. The first hearing will be held on 9 March.
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