16:52 GMT01 March 2021
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    The suspects in the 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine will be prosecuted in the Netherlands, the Dutch foreign minister said in a statement Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine is tasked with probing the July 2014 crash that claimed the lives of all 298 passengers and crew.

    "The JIT countries have now decided that the suspects should be prosecuted in the Netherlands, a process that will be rooted in ongoing international cooperation and support," Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.

    Koenders said the decision indicates that the JIT "team’s cooperation will continue into the prosecution phase."

    Ukraine and the Netherlands are planning on July 7 to sign an agreement on international legal cooperation that will entitle the Dutch side to hold trial in the case of the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash in the Donetsk region in July 2014, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also said Wednesday.

    Amsterdam said earlier Wednesday that the trial in the case of the MH17 crash would be held in the Netherlands.

    "The legal basis for the implementation of this decision will be an agreement between Ukraine and the Netherlands on international legal cooperation in relation to crimes related to the downing of the MH17 flight, which is scheduled to be signed on July 7, 2017," the Ukrainian ministry said.

    "The agreement envisions practical aspects of the transfer of jurisdiction from Ukraine to the Netherlands, makes possible the participation of all suspects in the crime in the Dutch trial," it said.

    MH17 crash, Joint Investigation Team (JIT), Netherlands
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