Flight crash trial

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY: The per­pe­tra­tors who brought down Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH17 in July 2014, killing all 298 aboard, may be tried in ab­sen­tia, Aus­tralian For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop said yes­ter­day.

Most of those on board the Boe­ing 777 were Dutch, but others came from 17 coun­tries, in­clud­ing 38 Aus­tralians.

The air­craft was shot down by a Rus­sian-made Buk mis­sile over east­ern Ukrainian ter­ri­tory held by pro-Rus­sia sep­a­ratists, the Dutch Safety Board con­cluded in 2015.

Late last month, the Nether­lands said that sus­pects in­volved in the case would be tried in a Dutch court, and un­der Dutch law. Reuters –

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