Protection in the case of MH17 pleads for more time to form new queries

Protection in the case about the crash Boeing in the East of Ukraine in 2014, asked the court to 8 weeks after the meeting with his client Vladimir Pulatov for the formation of new requests, said the Dutch lawyer Sabine ten Doeschate a court hearing in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

"We need more time than that which we want to highlight the Prosecutor's office... There are many issues that we need to discuss in detail with our customer. We can't predict when it will happen, but we're definitely not going to wait too long. Our suggestion is: after 8 weeks after we visit our customer, we will present our requests", - said the lawyer.

She explained that over the 8 weeks after the meeting with Mr. Pulatov protection will formulate their queries. However, she could not say when it might happen this meeting due to the existing restrictions on movement in connection with COVID-19.

"We understand that taking extra time is not desirable, it's hard, especially for relatives, but it will help to contribute to the establishment of truth," - said ten Doeschate.

She also recalled that the investigation has many gaps, no answers to several questions, no primary data from radar and satellite images of the United States.

At a hearing Tuesday, the defense in the case of flight MH17 has raised the hypothesis that the Ukrainian military could shoot down the Boeing by chance.

The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 has begun in the Netherlands March 9, 2020. On it are four defendants - Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatova on the court represents an international group consisting of two Dutch and one Russian lawyer. The other suspects tried in absentia.

Malaysian Boeing flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight MH17, crashed on July 17, 2014 under Donetsk. On Board were 298 people, they all died. Kiev has blamed the disaster militias, those announced that did not have the means that would shoot down aircraft at this altitude.

A joint investigation group (SSG) under the leadership of the Prosecutor General of the Netherlands without the participation of Russia are investigating the circumstances of the crash, had earlier presented the interim results. The investigation claims that Boeing was shot down by anti-aircraft missile complex "Buk", belonging to the 53rd antiaircraft missile brigade of the armed forces of the Kursk.

As stated by RIA Novosti Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Nikolai Vinnichenko, the Russian side handed over to the Netherlands not only the data of the Russian radars, but also documentation showing that the missile SAM "Buk" that struck the Boeing belonged to Ukraine, and she was fired from the territory controlled by Kiev, but this information, the investigators ignored. In the first hearing, the prosecution acknowledged that it has received and is studying the data of the Russian Prosecutor's office.

The Russian foreign Ministry said that the accusations of SSG in the Russian involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing unfounded and regrettable, the investigation is biased and one-sided. President Vladimir Putin noted that Russia does not allow for the investigation of the crash of the airliner in Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow may recognize the results of the investigation, if it is to be meaningful. All rocket motor which showed the Dutch Commission for the investigation of the crash MH17, was disposed of after 2011, said the Ministry of defense of Russia. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly stated that Moscow categorically rejects allegations of involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing.