CBS News: MH17 prosecutor says Russians "haven't been helpful at all"
Dutch Chief Prosecutor and Chairman of the Joint Investigation Team probing the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Russia-occupied Donbas in July 2014 Fred Westerbeke says that despite all the evidence pointing to the Russian military, Russia has not been helpful and has never admitted fault in the disaster.
"[Russia] has not been helpful at all. Because what they should have done, is give us all the information and all the proof we needed in this difficult investigation… they should have told us that the second day after it happened," he tells Scott Pelley, an American journalist and an anchor for CBS News. "They should have told us, 'We made a mistake.'"
Pelley's report on the incident will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, February 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
The Dutch prosecutor investigating why a passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 has brought murder indictments against three Russians and one citizen of Ukraine, but Russia won't turn them over.
"Russia won't turn over the defendants and 60 Minutes found one of them living openly in Moscow, under Russian government protection, denying any role in the shootdown," CBS News reported.
According to CBS News, two weeks from now, in a Dutch courtroom, four men will go on trial for 298 counts of murder. Dutch prosecutors will present a case saying that MH17 was brought down by a Russian anti-aircraft missile fired by a Russian crew.
As UNIAN reported, Westerbeke said on June 19 that the trial of the suspects in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing over Donbas in the summer of 2014 would begin on March 9, 2020. The first four suspects in the MH17 tragedy are Russian terrorist Igor Girkin (AKA "Strelkov"), who in the summer of 2014 was the so-called "Minister of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR"); Russian General Sergei Dubinsky (nom de guerre "Khmuryi"), who led the "DPR intelligence;" Oleg Pulatov (nom de guerre "Gyurza"), who in 2014 headed of "the 2nd division of the GRU of the DPR;" as well as Leonid Kharchenko (nom de guerre "Krot"), who was the leader of the "reconnaissance battalion" of Russia-led forces.
On July 17, 2014, as many as 298 people died when their aircraft was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine; 193 of those on board were Dutch, many of them headed for vacation on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.