/ 08 September 2021

Families of MH17 victims demand accountability

Spokesperson for victims' relatives Ria van der Steen (C) arrives at the Schiphol Judicial Complex in Badhoevedorp, on September 6, 2021 to attend the trial on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, in which all 298 on board were killed. - The Public Prosecution Service is prosecuting four people for murder, following the downing of flight MH17. (Photo by Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT
Spokesperson for victims' relatives Ria van der Steen (C) arrives at the Schiphol Judicial Complex in Badhoevedorp, on September 6, 2021 to attend the trial on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, in which all 298 on board were killed. - The Public Prosecution Service is prosecuting four people for murder, following the downing of flight MH17. (Photo by Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

It’s been a long and heartbreaking road for the loved ones of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, and yesterday they started to give their accounts to the court. The trial, which kicked off in The Hague in March, will hear families’ testimonies for the next fortnight, including relatives of the 38 Aussies killed. Many have already criticised the lack of accountability for the tragedy. Three Russians and one Ukrainian man have been accused of murder, but the Kremlin has blocked moves to bring them to justice and continues to deny involvement in the attack. “The reality is we may never have a conclusion or complete closure over who killed mum and dad,” Melbourne man James Rizk told the court via video link yesterday. The trial is expected to reach a verdict by September next year.

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