‘Loss and ache’: Families testify at Dutch MH17 trial


AMSTERDAM, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A lady whose daughter was amongst 298 individuals who died when a Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine stated on Friday she wished to look the suspects within the eye and “make them feel our loss and pain”.

Relatives of the victims of flight MH17, introduced down over rebel-held japanese Ukraine in 2014, denounced the “senseless and brutal” deaths of their family members in the course of the trial of 4 suspects accused within the catastrophe.

Their testimony concluded three weeks of statements from 90 family members from eight nations. They informed the judges in regards to the impression of the loss on their lives and their hopes for justice. learn extra

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. learn extra

Jeanne Hornikx’s daughter Astrid, 31, and Astrid’s associate Bart, 40, had been amongst these on board.

Hornikx confirmed the judges a tattoo of her daughter’s fingerprint, saying “that is how she was identified”.

“I would like to look the suspects straight in the eye and make them feel our loss and pain. That our suffering becomes their suffering, that maybe grief shared – and remorse – can become grief halved,” Hornikx stated.

Dutch prosecutors have introduced prices 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 12 months.

Two-thirds of the victims had 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. Only one defendant has appointed a lawyer.

A verdict is just not anticipated till late 2022.

Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Editing by Anthony Deutsch and Giles Elgood

A protest sign stands next to rows of empty chairs, lined up by family members of victims of the MH17 crash line for each seat on the plane, during a protest outside the Russian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands March 8, 2020.  REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw