Life sentences demanded for quartet accused of downing passenger jet over eastern Ukraine
Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday demanded life sentences for four suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, saying they caused “deep and irreversible suffering” to relatives of the 298 people killed.
Prosecutors said the four recklessly used a Russian missile to bring down the passenger jet, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Life sentences are rare in the Netherlands, where the sentence means the convicted person spending the rest of their life in prison.
Victims came from a total of 16 different nations.
Russia has denied plans to attack its neighbour.
They also discussed the forensic evidence gathered from the wreckage and bodies of victims that were recovered from eastern Ukraine and returned to the Netherlands for examination.