A Dutch court found three Russians and one pro-Moscow rebel from Ukraine guilty and sentenced them to life in prison for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014.
The three men were found guilty of murder by a Dutch court for their involvement in shooting down the passenger plane. They and a fourth person were both tried in absentia. On November 17, the court’s long-awaited decision was made, and it cleared the fourth suspect due to a lack of supporting evidence.
Ukraine praised the choice, while Moscow called it “scandalous” and said it would not extradite its citizens. The MH17 plane carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members crashed in July 2014 after taking off from Schiphol Airport outside of Amsterdam. Although victims came from more than a dozen different countries, more than two-thirds of them were Dutch citizens.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly gave a statement following the conclusion of the flight MH17 trial, in which 3 people were found guilty of murder.
- Today’s guilty verdict, convicting 3 individuals of murder in relation to the downing of MH17, is an important step in securing justice for the families of the victims.
- Two hundred and ninety-eight lives, including those of 10 British nationals, were tragically lost on 17 July 2014. Thousands more have been devastated in the years since, as family and friends continue to grieve for their loved ones.
- The downing of MH17 was a shocking violation of international norms which keep our societies safe. It serves as a stark reminder of the human cost of Russia’s actions in Ukraine over many years.
US statement :
The United States welcomes today’s decision finding three members of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine guilty of their roles in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The decision by the District Court of The Hague is an important moment in ongoing efforts to deliver justice for the 298 individuals who lost their lives on July 17, 2014.