AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A girl whose daughter was amongst 298 individuals who died when a Malaysian Airways jet was shot down over Ukraine stated on Friday she needed to look the suspects within the eye and “make them really feel our loss and ache”.
Kin of the victims of flight MH17, introduced down over rebel-held japanese Ukraine in 2014, denounced the “mindless and brutal” deaths of their family members through the trial of 4 suspects accused within the catastrophe.
Their testimony concluded three weeks of statements from 90 kinfolk from eight nations. They advised the judges concerning the influence of the loss on their lives and their hopes for justice.
Prosecutor Alwin Dam stated many kinfolk have points with the “quantity of misinformation and conspiracy theories which might be unfold about MH17” and the truth that nobody has claimed accountability.
The airplane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by what worldwide investigators and prosecutors say was a Russian surface-to-air missile.
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Jeanne Hornikx’s daughter Astrid, 31, and Astrid’s associate Bart, 40, have been amongst these on board.
Hornikx confirmed the judges a tattoo of her daughter’s fingerprint, saying “that’s how she was recognized”.
“I wish to look the suspects straight within the eye and make them really feel our loss and ache. That our struggling turns into their struggling, that possibly grief shared – and regret – can turn out to be grief halved,” Hornikx stated.
Dutch prosecutors have introduced expenses in opposition to three Russians and a Ukrainian citizen, all suspected of getting key roles in transporting the missile system. They went on trial for homicide final yr.
Two-thirds of the victims have been Dutch residents and the Netherlands blames Moscow for the assault.
Russia, which maintains that it has not funded or supported pro-Russian rebels combating Ukrainian authorities troops, has refused to extradite the suspects. Just one defendant has appointed a lawyer.
The court docket adjourned till November with the prosecution closing assertion anticipated on Nov. 15, judges stated. A verdict will possible be handed down late subsequent yr.
(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Enhancing by Anthony Deutsch and Giles Elgood)
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