KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 2020 : Malaysia has welcomed the trial of four suspects implicated in the downing of MH 17 at The Hague in The Netherlands which starts on Monday.
The Foreign Ministry in a statement today said the trial is a significant milestone towards finding the truth and establishing justice for the victims of the tragedy that occurred on July 17, 2014.
“As the court trial commences, we are reminded of this inhumane tragedy, which had claimed 298 precious lives, including those of the 43 Malaysian passengers and crew members of flight MH17.
“Our thoughts and prayers have always been with the victims and their grieving families and loved ones,” the statement read.
It added that as a member of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), Malaysia remains committed to the judicial process and investigation and calls upon all quarters to cooperate fully with the investigation in accordance with UNSC Resolution 2166 (2014)..
A Dutch-led international probe last year made its first charges against Russians Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko.
Investigators had concluded that a BUK anti-aircraft missile was fired from Ukraine rebel territory and destroyed the airliner.
The missile was allegedly supplied by Russia, leading to the Netherlands and Australia holding Moscow responsible for the tragedy. Russia has denied any involvement.
Prosecutors believe the suspects were all linked to the separatists and were instrumental in bringing the missile to the Ukraine even if they did not pull the trigger.
It is most likely that the suspects will be tried in absentia.
The Boeing 777-200ER jetliner, which had left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur, was shot down at 4.20pm on July 17,2014, while flying at 10,060m over the east of the Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
All 298 people on board were killed – 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew members), 193 Dutch, 27 Australians and 35 citizens of seven other countries