Members of the Joint Investigation Staff in The Hauge, Netherlands, stated there have been “robust indications that the Russian president selected supplying” a Buk missile system to Russian separatists stationed in jap Ukraine. This method was later used to shoot down MH17, a passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The crash resulted within the deaths of all 298 folks on board.
Putin has all the time denied the Russian authorities’s involvement within the crash, and has refused to cooperate with international investigators. The JIT did word that there was no proof Putin himself had ordered the downing of the airplane.
Regardless of this, The Washington Post reported that JIT’s proof was based mostly on intercepted telephone calls during which “Russian officers stated that the choice to offer army assist to the separatists could possibly be made solely by the Russian president.”
“There may be concrete data that the separatists’ request was introduced to the president, and that this request was granted,” prosecutors stated.
Nonetheless, Dutch prosecutor Digna van Boetzelaer stated throughout a news conference that whereas the proof in opposition to Putin was robust, “the excessive bar of full and conclusive proof will not be reached.” She added that as a head of state, Putin could be immune from prosecution within the Netherlands anyway.
Different Russian officers have been charged within the case, although, together with two state safety officers and a separatist chief who have been convicted this previous November of homicide — although the Publish famous they have been by no means arrested or extradited.
Dutch prosecutors have previously concluded that Russia was accountable for the downing of the airplane.