This is a media release issued by the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the downing of MH17 in 2014 have signed an extension of the JIT Agreement in Amsterdam on Sunday, 8 March 2020.
Representatives from the five investigative authorities of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and The Netherlands signed the prolongation of the JIT Agreement on the eve of the trial commencement on Monday (9 March).
The extension ensures the investigation into the downing of MH17 continues unabated and in parallel with the trial of the four suspects.
The first court session against the suspects will commence at 10am on Monday 9 March [local time]. The four men will be prosecuted for causing the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and the murder of all 298 persons on board.
The JIT partners, who conducted the investigation, will be present for the start of the hearings in the District Court of The Hague at the Schiphol Judicial Complex.
Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor of the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service Digna van Boetzelaer:
“Uncovering the truth is a very time consuming and methodical process. Tomorrow the Netherlands will begin the trial of the four suspects, however this does not mean the investigation into those responsible has been finalized. For me the trial is an important step towards finding truth and accountability. The duration of the investigation has put a heavy burden on the families and friends of the MH17 victims. I am especially relieved for them that the judicial process will now commence. The Public Prosecution Service is ready.”
Today’s extension of the JIT-partner agreement reinforces five years of effective mutual cooperation and confirms its continuation. The partners have again expressed their confidence in the Dutch legal system.