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‘We wished to get justice, we received justice’ say MH17 victims’ households


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Family of the MH17 victims blinked away tears as responsible verdicts had been learn out in a Dutch courtroom on Thursday.

Three males had been sentenced to life in jail for murdering all 298 folks on board the Malaysia Airways flight, which was introduced down over Ukraine in 2014 with a Russian-supplied missile. A fourth man was acquitted.

Family categorical satisfaction

Piet Ploeg, President of the MH17 Air Catastrophe Basis mentioned he discovered it a “well-balanced sentence.”

“I believe, it reveals so much concerning the evolvement of the Russian state,” he mentioned. “You are additionally going to see that it is balanced as a result of one of many suspects received an acquittal and the others received the very best doable punishment. It was a good trial. It was a well-balanced and well-considered verdict. We wished to get justice, we received justice.”

Reduction after years of ready

Family travelled from all over the world for the top of the two-and-a-half-year trial.

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Some could not maintain again their aid after years of ready for justice, together with Ria van der Steen, whose father and stepmother died within the airplane.

“I am actually, actually, very comfortable. I used to be driving over right here this morning and I felt I already knew,” defined Ria. “I had that good feeling all week that they might be sentenced responsible, so higher than that does not exist at this second!”

Moscow calls verdict scandalous

Moscow has slammed the decision as “scandalous”, saying it was politically motivated. From the beginning, Russia has denied having any involvement within the crash. 

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Nevertheless, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised it as “necessary”.

Not one of the suspects was on the high-security courtroom after Russia refused to extradite them. 

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The Boeing was shot down seven years in the past over japanese Ukraine, which was within the midst of a separatist battle.


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