Dutch authorities expect follow-up investigation into MH17

Dutch authorities expect follow-up investigation into MH17 | INFBusiness.com

Police and the Public Prosecution Service expect they will soon have more information on a potential follow-up investigation into the downing of flight MH17.

On Thursday, a Dutch court sentenced three men to life imprisonment for their role in firing the Buk missile that brought down the MH17 flight on July 17 2014, killing a total of 298 people. An additional suspect was acquitted.

“The court ruling on the #MH17 trial is an important step towards truth, justice and accountability for the victims and their relatives. Our thoughts are with the bereaved, for whom this decision undoubtedly evokes many emotions,” tweeted Foreign Affairs Minister Wopke Hoekstra.

Dutch authorities believe there is more to uncover. “Who pressed the button, who is even higher in the tree? The investigation has not stopped,” said Andy Kraag, head of the National Criminal Investigations Division at the Dutch police department.

Meanwhile, Moscow said it regrets that the court “disregarded the principles of impartiality in the MH17 case,” NL Times reported. Russia also called the ruling politically motivated.

The Public Prosecution Service expects to have more information in the Spring.

(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.com)

Source: euractiv.com

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