Australia Urges Russia To Cooperate With Initiatives To Prosecute MH17 Suspects

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

The worldwide criminal probe has concluded that the missile was sacked from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russian Federation.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has given her full support to the "independent and fair and transparent" Dutch prosecution of those responsible for killing the 298 people on board flight MH17, including 38 Australians.

The commemoration, in presence of the Dutch king, comes as global investigators continue their painstaking probe aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for shooting down Flight 17 and killing all 298 passengers and crew.

Russian Federation has denied all involvement, and a number of issues have made the case hard to bring to court. Worldwide investigators have concluded that the Buk missile was sacked from Russia-backed rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russian Federation and hastily returned.

The Netherlands announced in early July that it would prosecute those involved in bringing the plane down.

Bishop said "every legal avenue" was being pursued, and urged Russian Federation to comply with UN Security Council resolution 2166, authored by Australia.

One tree for each victim was planted with the forest forming the shape of a ribbon
Australia Urges Russia To Cooperate With Initiatives To Prosecute MH17 Suspects

The Australian government has renewed its vow to bring to justice those responsible for the shooting down of MH17 as the families of those lost prepare to mark the third anniversary of the atrocity. The attendees included family members of the victims, Dutch King Wilhem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, and other worldwide guests and politicians.

The flight, which had left Schiphol en route to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17, 2017 in Donetsk, Ukraine, a contested area that experienced heavy fighting between pro-Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

The Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, by a missile, killing all 298 people aboard.

The European Union foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, has called for worldwide cooperation in the hunt for those responsible for shooting down a Malaysian airlines plane over eastern Ukraine three years ago.

"We have faith in the objectivity and impartiality of the Dutch justice and that masterminds behind this crime will be inevitably brought to justice", Poroshenko said in a Twitter post Monday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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