Do the suspects have to attend the court hearing?
A suspect is not obliged to attend the trial. There are three options:
- The suspect himself comes to the hearing, for example together with a lawyer. In the MH17 case it will be accidentally possible for a suspect to attend the trial via video conferencing.
- The suspect does not come himself, but an authorised lawyer comes to the hearing.
- The suspect chooses not to attend the trial and not to be represented by a lawyer.