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Persons suspected of downing flight MH17, will be put on trial in the Netherlands before a Dutch court. This page contains information in English. For information in Dutch, Ukrianian or Russian, please click on one of the links below.l

Latest developments

MH17 trial to be held at the Justice Complex Schiphol at Badhoevedorp

Today the Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, designated the Justice Complex Schiphol at Badhoevedorp as the location for any future MH17 trial. In September 2017 the ministry decided that, if the Public Prosecution Service decides to prosecute, the ensuing trial will be heard by The Hague district court. However, the courthouse in The Hague is unable to accommodate such a large trial, as it does not have the required facilities.

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Previous developments

[Photo: Hollandse Hoogte]

On Wednesday 5 July 2017 it was announced that individuals suspected of downing flight MH17 would be prosecuted in the Netherlands. This option was chosen at the request of the countries working together within the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is investigating the circumstances of the disaster. The team comprises the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. On 29 July 2015, an attempt to establish a UN tribunal to try the suspects failed when Russia exercised its veto in the UN Security Council.

The JIT countries’ law enforcement authorities are currently still conducting the criminal investigation. It is not clear when the investigation will be concluded, but once it is completed, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service will issue a notice of summons and accusation explaining precisely who the suspects are and what criminal offences they are charged with.

    

Background

On 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew, including 196 Dutch nationals. According to the Joint Investigation Team, the aircraft was downed by a surface-to-air missile.

Procedure

  1. Preparation Actieve stap
  2. Pre-trial review Te nemen stap
  3. Trial Te nemen stap
  4. Judgment Te nemen stap

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