Closing speech MH17 case

Monday 20 December the Public Prosecution Service started with its closing arguments in the MH17 case. In it, the public prosecutors listed the facts in the criminal case and explained the evidence against the four defendants. They also indicated to which conclusion they believe this leads. The presentation of the indictment has ended on Wednesday 22 December with the sentencing demand. The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service wants life sentences to be imposed on the four men suspected of downing flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. According to the prosecutors, it has been proven that the defendants Girkin, Dubinskiy, Pulatov and Kharchenko are guilty of causing an aircraft to crash, resulting in deaths, and of the murders of the 298 people on board. 

Here you can read the full text of the Public Prosecution Service’s closing speech as spoken in court.