Verdicts in the case of the MH17 airplane crash in Ukraine’s east may be handed down on September 22, November 17 or December 15, 2022, presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis said on Monday.
“We plan to finish considering the case in June 2022. In legal proceedings, decisions are usually announced two weeks later. However, it is impossible in case of lengthy proceedings like this one. So, the trial will not be completed in June 2022. It is impossible to forecast how much time we will need to hand down the verdicts. So, the court is considering three dates when this could be done: September 22, if the court does not manage to do it on this date, then on November 17, and December 15, 2022 is our third option,” Steenhuis said at the hearings.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. All 298 people on board died. The trial of four suspects — Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian national Leonid Kharchenko — began in March 2020 in the Netherlands.