Dutch Judges In 'emotional' Visit To MH17 Plane Wreckage
Faizan Hashmi 17 days ago Wed 26th May 2021 | 10:49 PM
Dutch judges visited the shrapnel-pierced wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 for the first time Wednesday in an "emotionally loaded" day for the trial of four suspects in the crash
The Hague, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th May, 2021 ) :Dutch judges visited the shrapnel-pierced wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 for the first time Wednesday in an "emotionally loaded" day for the trial of four suspects in the crash.
"This is a reconstruction of an aircraft in which their loved ones were underway to a destination that they never reached because the aircraft crashed during the flight and all on board perished." The judges inspected the outside of the painstakingly reassembled wreckage, still coated in Malaysia Airlines' white, red and blue paint, and then climbed up a ladder to look inside at the damage.
"The bench have not had a previous opportunity to view the reconstruction," judge Steenhuis said.
"Therefore the bench will now first, and alone, walk around the reconstruction and other parts of the wreckage to get a first impression." Lawyers for the prosecution and defence, who have previously been allowed to see the debris, were then allowed to do the same.
A Dutch-led air safety investigation concluded the plane was torn apart by some 800 "high energy objects" from the missile.
The probe concluded some of the people on board may have known for up to 90 seconds after the missile hit.
It is being held in the Netherlands because it was the point of departure for the doomed plane, and because 196 of the victims were Dutch.
All four are accused of being key figures among the separatist rebels battling Kiev.