Timeline of the MH17 trial

The timeline gives an overview of the various stages of the MH17 trial.

9 March 2020: the hearing has started

First hearing

The first court session in the MH17 trial took place on 9 March 2020.

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Fall 2019

Writ of summons

The Public Prosecution Service decided to prosecute the individuals thought to be responsible for the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Public prosecutors will serve writs of summons on the suspects.

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26 June 2019

Judges announced

On 26 June 2019 4 judges have been appointed for the hearing of the MH17 case, 3 sitting judges and 1 reserve judge.

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19 June 2019

Decision to prosecute

On 19 June 2019 the Public Prosecution Service announced that, on the basis of the evidence gathered by the JIT, it had decided to prosecute the individuals thought to be responsible for the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

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10 July 2018

New legislation

Legislation was drafted to make it possible to try the suspects in the Netherlands. The bills were approved by all parties in the Senate on 10 July 2018.

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7 July 2017

Agreement between the Netherlands and Ukraine

To enable the prosecution and trial in the Netherlands, the Netherlands and Ukraine concluded an agreement on international legal cooperation on 7 July 2017.

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5 July 2017

Decision about prosecution and trial in the Netherlands

On 5 July 2017 the JIT countries decided that any prosecution and trial of suspects would be conducted by and in the Netherlands, under Dutch law.

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7 August 2014

Joint Investigation Team established

Several countries wanted to work together to conduct a criminal investigation into the crash. To this end a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was established on 7 August 2014.

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17 July 2014

Crash flight MH17

On 17 July 2014 flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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23 March: the hearing will resume

23 March: second part of the hearing

After completing the first part, the hearing will resume on 23 March 2020

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Date not yet known

Proceedings on the substance of the case

At some point, the substance of the MH17 case will be heard. As in any criminal trial, the court will focus on a number of questions. For instance, it will have to assess whether the summons is valid, whether the court is competent and whether the Public Prosecution Service (OM) was justified in bringing proceedings.

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Date not yet known

Judgment

After hearing the substance of the case, the judges will consult with one another in order to reach a decision. They then put that decision in writing and announce their judgment at a hearing.

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