The Hague Court of the Netherlands to Hear MH17 Case
The case will include up to 25 total weeks of testimony concluding in spring of 2021
The trial in the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 case is expected to take up to 25 weeks of testimony before a verdict is issued.
The District Court in The Hague will try the case at the heavily secured court complex at Schiphol airport starting on March 9, 2020, the online news outlet nltimes.nl reported.
Three judges will preside over the court case, with two more judges acting in a reserve capacity. The court has reserved 25 weeks in total for the trial. In 2020, those dates are March 9-13, March 23-27, June 8-July 3, and August 31-November 13. The court will also hear the case in 2021 from February 1 through March 26.
The court will provide a live stream and include a press center to accommodate up to 500 journalists and 300 workplaces for the highly anticipated trial.
Specifically for the purpose of the hearing, The Netherlands modified its legislation to make it possible to conduct portions of the trial in English.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has previously named the first four suspects involved in the shoot down. These are Sergiy Dubinsky (callsign “Khmuryi”), Igor Girkin (callsign “Strelok”), Oleg Pulatov (callsign “Gurza”) and Leonid Kharchenko (callsign “Krot”).
The four have all been charged with multiple counts of murder.
The investigation by the JIT was released in May of 2018. It concluded that the flight was destroyed by a Russian made Buk surface to air missile under the command of Russian controlled forces in an occupied part of Donbas in eastern Ukraine in July of 2014.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members and was flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All onboard were killed.