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.