The Dutch court on trial for the murder of four suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 said today it will announce its verdict on November 17.
Prosecutors say a Ukrainian and three Russians, who are on trial in absentia, helped supply a missile system used by Russian-backed separatists to fire a rocket at the plane on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed. .
The prosecution is seeking life imprisonment for all the suspects.
The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit over the rebel-held Donetsk region by what international investigators say was a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. This region of eastern Ukraine is now at the center of the war Russia has been waging against Ukraine for nearly six months.
Most of the victims of flight MH17 were Dutch nationals. The Dutch government believes that Russia is responsible for the downing of the plane. Authorities in Moscow deny any involvement.
The MH17 case caused serious tension in the Netherlands’ diplomatic relations with Moscow, even before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.