Malaysia B772 near Donetsk on Jul 17th 2014, aircraft was shot down from separatist controlled ground
Last Update: June 19, 2019 / 13:20:46 GMT/Zulu time
1) Igor Girkin (aka Strelkov), who used to be a high ranking officer within Russia's secret service and was the military commander of the separatists at the time of the shoot down (editorial note: and who already appeared prominently 20 minutes after the shoot down in our coverages by claiming the separatists had shot down an Ukrainian AN-26, a message which was quickly removed from both the separatist websites and all Russian media sites after it became known that the claimed AN-26 in fact was a Boeing 777 on the ground, see the first part of our coverages)
2) Sergey Dubinskiy, who used to be high ranking officer within the Main Intelligence Service (GRU) of Russia and at the time was Igor Girkin's deputy
3) Oleg Pulatov, who used to be a military commander of a specialized Russian intelligence service and at the time of the shoot down was the deputy head of the separatists' secret service
4) Leonid Kharchenko, who is an Ukrainian citizen with no military background but was commander of a military unit in the Donetsk region at the time of the shoot down, he received his orders directly from Dubinskiy.
The JIT stated:
The Dutch Public Prosecution Service will summon the four suspects, in order to account for their role in bringing down flight MH17 in court. They will be prosecuted for:
- causing the crash of flight MH17, resulting in the death of all persons on board, punishable pursuant to Article 168 of the Dutch Criminal Code;
- the murder of the 298 persons on board of flight MH17, punishable pursuant to Article 289 of the Dutch Criminal Code.
The JIT also wrote: "During the press conference, the Public Prosecution Service emphasised that it is only announcing the charges against the suspects; it is up to the court to pass judgment on those accusations."
The court trial has been set to begin on Mar 9th 2020.
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