THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A world workforce of investigators has suspended its criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airways flight MH17 over jap Ukraine in 2014, saying they’ve inadequate proof to launch any new prosecutions.
Dutch prosecutor Digna van Boetzelaer mentioned Wednesday that “the investigation has now reached its restrict. All leads have been exhausted” because the workforce started laying out the evidence it uncovered in its long-running investigation.
Dutch prosecutors mentioned of their summary of findings that “there are sturdy indications that the Russian president selected supplying” a Buk missile system to Ukrainian separatists. A Buk system was used to convey down MH17 on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Nonetheless, “Though lots of new info has been found about numerous folks concerned, the proof is for the time being not concrete sufficient to result in new prosecutions,” they added.
Russia has all the time denied any involvement within the downing of MH17.
The announcement comes practically three months after a Dutch courtroom convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian insurgent for his or her roles in taking pictures down the Boeing 777 and killing all 298 folks on board on July 17, 2014. One Russian was acquitted by the courtroom.
Not one of the suspects appeared for the trial and it was unclear if the three who have been discovered responsible of a number of murders will ever serve their sentences.
The convictions and the courtroom’s discovering that the surface-to-air Buk missile that blew the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight out of the sky got here from a Russian army base have been seen as a transparent indication that Moscow had a task within the tragedy. Russia has all the time denied involvement. The Russian Overseas Ministry accused the courtroom in November of bowing to stress from Dutch politicians, prosecutors and the information media.
However the November convictions held that Moscow was in general management in 2014 over the self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, the separatist space of jap Ukraine the place the missile was launched. The Buk missile system got here from the Russian army’s 53rd Anti-Plane Missile Brigade, based mostly within the metropolis of Kursk.
The Joint Investigation Staff is made up of consultants from the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium and Ukraine. A lot of the victims have been Dutch. It had continued to analyze the crew of the Russian Buk missile system that introduced down the aircraft and people who ordered its deployment in Ukraine.
In addition to the legal trial that was held within the Netherlands, the Dutch and Ukrainian governments are suing Russia on the European Courtroom of Human Rights over its alleged position within the downing of MH17.
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