4 charged with down­ing jet and killing 298

Daily Express - - News - By Andy Lines

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

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