Thursday 09 February 2023

Russia hands over ‘missing radar images’ to MH17 investigators

Photo: NBAAI via Dutch Safety Board

Photo: NBAAI via Dutch Safety Board

Russia on Wednesday handed over files about the MH17 plane disaster to Dutch investigators, justice minister Ard van der Steur told MPs.

‘A package of information was handed over to the Dutch authorities by the Russian public prosecution department at 3pm Dutch time,’ Van der Steur said.

According to broadcaster NOS, Russia claims it has passed on missing radar images. Van der Steur said that the Dutch public prosecutor would decide if the material can be used for the criminal investigation and if it includes the promised radar information.

Last month, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) published its initial report which said MH17 was brought down by a BUK missile that came from the Russian Federation and returned there afterwards.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on July 17 2014, killing all 298 people aboard, two-thirds of them Dutch.

Russia has denied any involvement and says its own radar images show the plane was not shot down from Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Moscow rebels.

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