Contents tagged with Netherlands

  • Ukraine suspends prosecutors investigating MH17 case

    All of the Ukrainian prosecutors who had been investigating the MH17 catastrophe have been suspended from work as part of departmental reforms, the Dutch newspaper NRC Next reports, citing one of the dismissed prosecutors.

    A total of six prosecutors were involved in the investigation on Ukraine’s behalf, two of them as part of the Joint Investigation Team. In recent months, the JIT has not had a single participant from Ukraine.

    Commenting on the dismissal of the prosecutors, Ukrainian Foreign …

  • Dutch prosecutors indict four MH17 case defendants

    The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has brought charges against four defendants in the case concerning the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014, TASS reports, citing Yelena Kutina, the attorney of one of the defendants. The four defendants have been summoned for investigative action.

    The international Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) four suspects are: Oleg “Caliph” Pulatov, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, Sergey “Gloomy” Dubinsky and Leonid “Mole” …

  • Dutch MPs stage boycott of Russia

    Dutch MPs have refused to travel to Russia after the country denied entry to one of their colleagues, reports NOS.nl.

    Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, a member of the Democrats 66 party known for his criticism of the Kremlin regime, was denied entry to Russia.

    In solidarity with Sjoerdsma, members of the Foreign Affairs Committee decided to cancel their visit to Russia, which was slated for February. The committee was unanimously of the opinion that Russia has no right to interfere with the composition of …

  • Ukraine places MH17 crash suspect Vladimir Tsemakh on wanted list

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has placed Vladimir Tsemakh on the national wanted list, Ukrayinsky Noviny (Ukrainian News) reported, citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s list of wanted persons. Tsemakh is a former anti-air defense commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and an important witness in the case surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) over the Donbas in 2014.

    Tsemakh has been accused of committing the crimes envisaged by §3 Article 258 (the …

  • Netherlands accuses Russia of obstructing questioning of Tsemakh on MH17 case

    The Netherlands believes that Russia allowed the terrorist Vladimir Tsemakh to leave the country in order to avoid extraditing him in the context of the MH17 case, Eurointegration reports, citing the findings of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. Tsemakh features in the case as a suspect, but more evidence is required to prosecute him.

    “The Public Prosecution Service has come to the conclusion that Russia knowingly acknowledged that Tsemakh had left its territory, and thus declined to …

  • Suspect in MH-17 case is willing to testify if Dutch investigators come to Donbas

    The retired Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) militant Vladimir Tsemakh is willing to testify to the Dutch investigators about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 catastrophe, but only if the investigators come to the part of the Donbas that is controlled by pro-Russian militants, Interfax reports, citing Tsemakh’s attorney, Anatoly Kucherena.

    “Naturally, the questioning can only take place in his homeland, in the Donbas,” the attorney said.

    However, Kucherena added that Tsemakh will only testify …

  • Dutch Foreign Minister: Netherlands will not allow lifting sanctions against Russia until Kremlin implements Minsk agreements

    Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in Kyiv that the Netherlands would not allow lifting sanctions against Russia without the implementation of the Minsk agreements, reports Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

    "The Netherlands does not recognize the annexation of Crimea. The Netherlands will not allow the EU to lift its sanctions against Russia without the full implementation of the Minsk agreements," said Blok.

    He …

  • Dutch parliament votes to investigate ‘Ukraine’s role’ in MH17 air crash

    The parliament of the Netherlands has voted to investigate Ukraine’s role in the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 catastrophe that took place over Ukraine’s Donetsk province in 2014, said Chris van Dam, a member of the Christian Democratic party, in a tweet.

    Van Dam said that the party motioned to investigate the fact that Ukraine did not close the airspace over the Donbas.

    The Dutch MP noted that his party’s motion was approved unanimously in parliament.

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo …

  • Netherlands asks Russia to hand over MH17 plane crash suspect

    The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service has asked Russia to hand over Vladimir Tsemakh, a valuable witness in the MH17 case from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the prosecution service informed victims of the catastrophe in a letter, as reported by the Dutch news agency NOS.

    The Netherlands recently asked Ukraine not to release Tsemakh to Russia.

    Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok stated in a letter to parliament that the prosecutors had been able to interview the MH17 case witness …

  • Dutch Foreign Minister: Netherlands deeply regrets that under pressure from Russia Ukraine extradited MH17 plane crash suspect

    The Dutch Foreign Minister, Affairs Stef Blok, said that the Dutch government regrets that Vladimir Tsemakh, who is the suspect in the case of the MH17 aircraft crash, became part of a prisoner exchange under pressure from Moscow, reports Interfax-Ukraine, citing the letter published on the Dutch Parliament's website.

    Blok recalled that in mid-August, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office informed the Dutch government that Tsemakh could become part of the exchange of prisoners between …