Wed, 17 Jul 2019

International investigators are set to announce charges against several suspects in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 five years ago, in which all 298 people aboard the passenger jet were killed.

Investigators in the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) are expected to first inform family members and then hold a news conference on June 19 to lay out 'developments in the criminal investigation' in the downing of the Boeing 777.

The news conference is expected to be held at 1 p.m. local time in the Netherlands.

In a June 18 interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said that 'the names will be announced. Charges will be brought. After that, the Criminal Court of Schiphol [the Netherlands] will start working on considering this case.'

She said that four people, including senior Russian Army officers, would be named in the case.

Prosecutors have said their next step would be to identify individual suspects and then attempt to put them on trial.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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