By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press
The Hague, Netherlands (AP) – An attorney for relatives of people killed in the 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash over eastern Ukraine told a court hearing on Thursday that 290 relatives and partners of the victims were seeking compensation for ” emotional distress ”The four suspects attacked the rainfall.
The lawyer Arlette Schijns spoke at a preliminary hearing in the long-running court case against three Russians and one Ukrainian who was charged with participating in the downing of the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 were killed.
None of the suspects have appeared in court and the case continues in absentia.
“No compensation can make up for the loss of relatives. Compensation, however, can convey a sense of appreciation for moral harm and also convey a certain sense of justice, ”Schijns told the judges.
She said around 90 relatives want to testify about the victim’s impact during the trial, which is expected to begin with hearings on the contents of the indictment in June.
After years of careful international investigation, prosecutors charged four suspects – the Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko – with multiple murder cases for their alleged involvement in the downing of the flight.
Prosecutors say the plane was smashed in midair when it was hit by a Buk missile system transported to Ukraine from a Russian military base. Russia denies any involvement in the decline.
Schijns said the amount of compensation per relative ranged from 40,000 to 50,000 euros (48,000 and 60,000 US dollars), depending on the relative’s relationship with the victim.
She said many relatives cannot seek compensation under civil law, such as siblings who were not living with a victim at the time of the downing of Flight MH-17.
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