The defence team for one of the suspects accused of a role in firing a Buk missile at the plane had asked the court whether the public prosecution had forfeited its right to prosecute by sharing information from the criminal case with the Netherlands, which then lodged a state complaint against Russia with the ECHR.
"One does not expect that the ECHR will make a decision on the facts any sooner than your [Dutch] court," Dutch public prosecutor Thijs Berger told the judges at a hearing, which continued at a judicial complex near Amsterdam this week.
"The Dutch government requested the president of the concerned chamber of the ECHR to not disclose the substance of the complaint and the underlying documents… The president of the European Court granted this request," he said further.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on the way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014, killing all 298 people aboard. The crash is being investigated by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which claims that the aircraft was downed by a Buk missile originating from the Russian armed forces. Three Russians and a Ukrainian were put on trial in absentia. Moscow has rejected the accusations, calling them baseless and regrettable. Russia has said that the JIT ignored the information Moscow gave the Netherlands — the radar data and documents proving that the Buk missile that hit the Boeing belonged to the Ukrainian government forces.