Dutch Justice Ministry rejects Russia’s request on transfer of right to judge suspects in MH17 case.

Ferd Grapperhaus, the Justice Minister of the Netherlands

Government of the Netherlands

The Netherlands denied the request of Moscow on the transfer of the right to judge three Russian citizens identified as the suspects in the involvement in the MH17 case as Reuters reported citing Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus.

“The justice minister answered that the transfer of prosecution of the three Russian suspects was not an option for the Dutch authorities and will not be considered,” the letter of Justice Ministry to the Dutch government said.

According to Grapperhaus, Russia filed the request on the right to judge its citizens in the MH17 case in October 2019.

The first court hearing in the case of the Netherlands against three Russian suspects and on Ukrainian is appointed on March 9. If the case is transferred to the court, four persons of interest might be sentenced in absentia in accordance with the legislation of the Netherlands.

Related: ECHR refuses to consider complaint of MH17 main suspect Tsemakh

Russia does not extradite its citizens; that is why any of the suspects will face the justice of the Dutch court. However, the Dutch law firm stated that one of the Russian suspects in the case asked to represent his interests in the court.

Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17 was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of the Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.

The governments of Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of being behind the disaster.

As we reported earlier, Foreign Ministry of Russia thinks that the Joint Investigation Group (JIT) announced absolutely bare accusations of the Russians in the MH17 crash in Donbas, in 2014.

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