The prosecution wants to investigate the causes of uncovered sky in the case of MH17
The public Prosecutor's office asked the court for the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing (flight MH17) in the Donbass in 2014 to reject a request for an investigation into the circumstances, which was not closed the airspace over the conflict zone in Ukraine, where the crash occurred, because it is not the subject of the investigation, said the Prosecutor Thijs Berger at the hearing on Friday.
Dutch lawyer Boudewijn van Eyck, representing the interests of the accused Russian Oleg Pulatova, said at hearings on the crash on Tuesday that Dutch authorities agreed to investigate the circumstances under which Kiev is not closed airspace for civil aviation in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine, where 17 Jul 2014 the crashed flight MH17. He noted that such an investigation may take up to six months or more in pandemic coronavirus.
Thus a press-the Secretary of Prosecutor's office of the Netherlands, Bregtje van de Modak explained to RIA Novosti that the decision on the investigation, announced in October 2019, was approved by the government/the Parliament of the Netherlands, and it is kept separately from the criminal proceedings on the crash.
"We do not consider this issue as part of our investigation. Of course, this question is very important for the relatives of the victims, but it is not the subject of our investigation. For this investigation the closure of airspace is irrelevant. Pulatov was supposed to know about it... So we invite the court to reject the request Pulatova on the investigation uncovered sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine," said Berger at the hearing.
Earlier in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of First European Department of the MFA of Russia Alexei Paramonov said that the SSG has not conducted a real investigation of the role of Ukraine in this tragedy in connection with the Ukrainian authorities closed the airspace for flights of civil aircraft over the conflict zone.
As reported by RIA Novosti source, the closed air space was the main cause of the tragedy MH17.
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.