11:11 Oct. 25, 2016
Dutch government considers two options for bringing culprits to justice
The Dutch Cabinet is working on two options of bringing to justice those responsible for the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine's Donetsk region in the summer of 2014, according to the letter from the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur addressed to the parliament.
"Two options are elaborated. The first focuses on International Criminal Tribunal. The second option involves a national prosecution by one of the countries participating in the Joint Investigation Team. These are Australia, Belgium, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands," local news site AD.nl reports.
In case the second variant is chosen, it is likely that the trial will be held in the Netherlands, says the Minister.
According to the Dutch government are both options 'complex' and have 'legal obstacles', but the cabinet's aim to maximise the chances of an effective prosecution.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was hit by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and all 298 people aboard, most of them Dutch citizens, were killed.
In late September the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team said the missile that hit the plane was fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed militants.