4 charged with downing jet and killing 298
FOUR men have been charged with shooting down Flight MH17 and murdering 298 people over Ukraine.
Three Russians and a Ukrainian face trial in Holland next March for the atrocity on July 17 2014.
Dutch prosecutors yesterday named Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko.
They are accused of bringing a missile launcher from Russia to Ukraine so Kremlin-backed separatists could down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Investigators say Girkin was an ex-colonel in Russia’s FSB intelligence service. Dubinsky and Pulatov were also high up in military intelligence.
Among the 10 Britons killed was Liam Sweeney, 28. His father Barry, 57, from Killingworth, Tyneside, said: “It’s not going to bring anyone back, but if I found out why it happened, it would bring a bit of closure.”
The suspects are likely to be tried in their absence. International arrest warrants have been issued but Russia has dismissed the claims as “threadbare” and is expected to snub pleas to hand the men over.
Wanted (L-R)... Girkin, Kharchenko, Pulatov and Dubinsky have been charged with shooting down flight MH17 in 2014, above