On May 2018, the international investigators’ team came out with a statement that the missile launcher was used to cut down the aircraft that was part of Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade.
March 2020 was the time when the trial had begun, however, up until now, the evidence in the crash was being covered.
As of right now, the trial is currently taking place in the Netherlands due to the fact that there were 196 Dutch victims and the plane had departed from Amsterdam.
The court came out with a statement last month saying that ”The court will open the MH17 criminal trial proper and, through examining and discussing the content of the prosecution file, elucidate the key questions which it has already begun to address.”
Furthermore, the court also stated that the hearing will start with broader topics, such as the examining magistrate investigation. This will then be followed by 3 days of discussion starting from 8th of June until the 10th.
The chance to discuss the case by the prosecution team will be held on 17th of June and 18th. On the other hand, the defense team may have the change to also discuss pieces of case if they are relevant.
After that, both the defense and prosecution teams will have the opportunity to present more issues throughout the hearings until 9th of July. According to the statement, in September, the victims’ relatives will have the chance to address the court. But so far, there’s not a definite date as to when the closing arguments will take place.
According to the Dutch government, Moscow is responsible for this case. However, Moscow has opposed these statements and it has further provided many theories as to how MH17 could’ve been shot down, one of them being that either Ukrainian ground force or a Ukrainian Air Force jet has used some sort of a Buk system.
This entire tragedy had caused tensions between the West and Moscow after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Additionally, the tensions have deepened after Russia supported the militants against Kyiv’s forces, once the pro-European protests took place.