• MH17

    From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Sat Nov 24 21:00:48 2018
    Relatives of seventy people who were killed when flight MH17 was shot out of the sky, have filed a complaint against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). They accuse Russia of bringing down the Boeing over Eastern Ukraine in 2014 and of opposing the truth-finding in the years thereafter.

    Prime Minister Mark Rutte showed "all understanding" for the step of the next of kin. They are free to do so and they have every right to do so, he said. Rutte does not find it necessary to support this group. He pointed to the "own" cases in which the Netherlands is involved, such as the international investigation into the disaster and the attempt to force Russia to cooperate in the investigation.

    Fundamental rights
    The next of kin who now complain are bothered by the position of the Russian Federation, says their lawyer Veeru Mewa. Russia would have violated their fundamental rights.

    For the 95 surviving relatives, a judgment of the European Court is "of enormous importance for the processing and recognition of their position," says Mewa. In concrete terms, according to the indictment, Russia has violated the right to life and with it the right to "respect for family life." When Malaysia Airlines aircraft was shot from the sky, 298 people were killed, of whom 196 were from the Netherlands. .

    By not cooperating properly with the investigation of the international Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which wants to prosecute the perpetrators under Dutch leadership, Russia also violates its duty to conduct effective investigations into crimes. "Russia not only fails to cooperate, but also distributes disinformation."

    Russia signed the European Convention on Human Rights in the nineties and thus recognized the court. The judges in Strasbourg have already condemned Moscow hundreds of times for human rights violations. Among other members of the punk band / action group Pussy Riot and opposition leader Aleksej Navalny found the court ruling in their fqvour.

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  • From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Mon Oct 17 18:04:13 2022
    It would be a good thing if Igor Girkin, suspect in the MH17 trial, was "grabbed by the neck" and extradited to the Netherlands, responds MH17 relative Piet Ploeg, chairman of Stichting Vliegramp MH17. Ukraine is offering a reward of $100,000 for tips leading to the transfer of the Russian to Ukraine. According to Ukrainian media, the man is currently at the front in eastern Ukraine.

    Ukraine sees Girkin as "one of the most famous Russian terrorists" and wants to try him itself for his "participation in the war against our state". The man is also wanted by the Netherlands, because he is seen as one of the perpetrators of the downing of flight MH17. The man was previously sentenced to life imprisonment by the Public Prosecution Service.

    According to Ploeg, there are many relatives who closely follow the developments surrounding the Russian. "The miracles are not over yet," he thinks, referring to the possibility that Girkin will be arrested. He also says that he hopes that the criminal case will not be delayed. The verdict in the case is scheduled for November 17, a moment that many relatives have been waiting for, according to him.

    All 298 people on board were killed in the plane crash on July 17, 2014. Among them were many Dutch. The plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, but was shot down over eastern Ukraine, where an armed battle was going on at the time.

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