Dutch court says Russian-made missile shot down Malaysia flight 17, convicted three men

Two of the convicted men were former Russian intelligence officers and one was a Ukrainian separatist leader.

Updated: November 17, 2022 - 11:59am

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A Dutch court on Thursday convicted three men for participating in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, killing all 298 people onboard, in 2014 over Ukraine.

Two of the convicted men were former Russian intelligence officers and one was a Ukrainian separatist leader, while a fourth suspect was acquitted, Reuters reported.  The three convicted men were sentenced to life in prison. 

The court also found that the missile used to shoot down the plane was Russian-made, but Moscow denies any involvement or responsibility in the incident.

"The court is of the opinion that MH17 was brought down by the firing of a BUK missile from a farm field near Pervomaisk, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members," presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis said, also according to the wire service.

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