: Australian firm wants compensation from Putin for MH17 - media

12:11 May. 21, 2016

Australian firm wants compensation from Putin for MH17 - media

Australians rally in protest against President Putin in 2014 (GettyImages Photo)

Lawsuit seeks USD 10 million for each passenger who died in crash

An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin on behalf of families of victims of MH17 catastrophe. The relevant application was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights on May 9, according to Reuters.

Read also: NSW Coroner releases MH17 findings - Sky News Australia (video)

33 relatives of the victims were named in the claim. The report said, the lawsuit sought USD 10 million in compensation per each passenger who died in the crash. When the airliner was shot down, 298 people were killed.

"Australia's Fairfax media reported on Saturday that 33 next of kin of victims were named in an application by Sydney law firm LHD Lawyers, representing people from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia", Reuters reported.

It was said, Reuters couldn't reach the lawyers for comment.

Malaysian Airliner MH17, headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Dutch investigators concluded in their final report, a Russian-made BUK anti-air complex was the weapon behind the downing of the airplane.

Read also: New footage shows BUK which may have downed MH17

Ukraine and the West have put the blame on the Russian-backed separatists, who were in control of the territories of the presumable missile launch.


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