Tsemakh Put on Ukrainian Wanted List
In addition, the Dutch government has requested Tsemakh's extradition to the Netherlands
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The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has placed Volodymyr Tsemakh, a key witness in the case regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, on the wanted list.
This information has been published on the website of the ministry.
According to the report, Tsemakh was put on the wanted list at the request of the Security Service of Ukraine.
It also notes that he disappeared on September 23, 2019.
Ukraine handed Tsemakh over to Russia on September 7, 2019 as part of the prisoner exchange in which 35 Ukrainian political prisoners and prisoners of war held by Russia were returned to Ukraine. Ukraine sent 35 prisoners to Russia in exchange.
Tsemakh was the former head of an air defense unit in the currently occupied town of Snizhne. Ukraine charged him with the creation of a terrorist group. Before the prisoner exchange, he was interrogated in Kyiv by investigators from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the MH17 case.
In addition to his being wanted by Ukraine, he is also wanted for questioning in the Netherlands.
The Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands sent Russia a request for the provisional arrest and extradition of Tsemakh.
While Russia does not extradite its own citizens to other countries, Tsemakh is a Ukrainian citizen so this proviso would not apply to him.
The PPS, citing various media reports, believes that Tsemakh has returned to his hometown in occupied Donbas and that Russia allowed this happen, ignoring the lawful and proper extradition request, as required per the European Convention on Extradition.
Regardless as to whether the Ukrainians or the Dutch have Tsemakh in custody, the trial over the downing of MH17 over occupied Donbas in July of 2104, set to begin on March 9, 2020, will continue as scheduled. All 298 persons onboard the Boeing 777 airplane were killed as a result of downing.