Dutch launch legal action against Russia over downing of MH17 plane

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    The Dutch minister for foreign affairs Stef Blok said the nation was filing a case to the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR) in a bid to support the victims’ next of kin. The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

    The crash killed 298 passengers including 196 Dutch nationals.

    The Kremlin has consistently denied involvement in the matter.

    Minister of foreign affairs Stef Blok said: “With the step we are taking today, by filing a case with the ECHR and thereby supporting the complaints of the next of kin as much as possible, we are getting closer to our goal.”

    He added: “The submission is a new step in our efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability.”

    In a letter to parliament Mr Blok said the Government would give the court all its information on MH17 and support the individual applications already submitted by the victims’ next of kin.

    The MH17 aircraft was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Moscow rebels during fighting in eastern Ukraine.

    More to follow.

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