In the Netherlands, the trial on the Malaysian Boeing crash over Donbass on July 17, 2014, which was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, was resumed.
None of the suspects appeared to the courtroom for a new part of the hearings, just like during the first court hearing on March 9 only lawyers were present.
During the meeting, the Dutch prosecutor accused the Russian authorities of obstructing the investigation. According to the prosecutor, the Russian authorities provided the investigation with incomplete, inconsistent, or frankly false information, about the case and “Buk” missiles, which are in Russian service.
The main version of the Dutch prosecutors is that the Malaysian plane was shot down precisely by a missile from the Russian Buk, fired from the territory near Pervomaisk. The investigation revealed that the Boeing was shot down by a 9M38 series missile used in the Buk air defense system.
What is important, in the bodies of the dead were found fragments of the 9M38M1 anti-aircraft guided missile. This is a newer modification, which is not in service with the AFU (Armed Forcse of Ukraine). Australian police in Ukraine analyzed and compared two dismantled Buk missiles – 9M38 and the newer 9M38M1. As a result, three unique fragmentation forms were discovered – “tile”, “lattice” and “butterfly”.
In particular, 29 steel fragments were found in the bodies of crew members. Two of them had a characteristic “butterfly shape” – in the body of the crew commander. These are the only two fragments among 370 pieces that were collected at the scene of the tragedy, with such a distinctive shape. The Netherlands Forensic Institute compared the fragments of missiles collected after the Buk missiles exploded in Ukraine, and found that there was more similarity with the 9M38M1 than with the 9M38. So, the air defense system belonged to Russians.
Thus, it is worth noting that the Kremlin’s tactics is unchangable, Moscow will keep lying. The presence of lawyers is only necessary to delay the process, as is the case with the investigation of the Smolensk disaster in 2010, in which the military-political leadership of Poland died.
The process, possibly, will drag on, at least, until the new Constitution of Russia is enacted, providing for the complete inviolability of the president.