Indictment in MH17 air crash expected this fall, says Dutch diplomat

Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine Kees Klompenhouwer has said there has been progress in the inquiry into the July 2014 crash of the Malaysian Boeing, and expressed his hope that after a technical report is published, around October-November, the Dutch Attorney General will issue an indictment.

Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine Kees Klompenhouwer has said there has been progress in the inquiry into the July 2014 crash of the Malaysian Boeing, and expressed his hope that after a technical report is published, around October-November, the Dutch Attorney General will issue an indictment.

The criminal inquiry conducted by the Dutch, together with their four partners, has been a success: a lot of information has been gathered and is now being processed, the ambassador said in Kiev on Aug. 4, responding to a question posed by Interfax.

Investigators are probing more than one line of inquiry, he said.

The technical report will be released before the end of autumn, presumably in October, following which the Dutch Attorney General will issue an indictment, the ambassador said.

The report will be purely technical, it will not answer who did it - that answer will be provided by the attorney general's indictment, the ambassador said.

This fall the Dutch prosecutor general will obtain all the evidence and case files, but when it will be published, October or November, depends on the attorney general, Klompenhouwer said.

The Boeing 777 operated by Malaysia Airlines, which was making a routine MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed near the village of Hrabove, not far from Torez, eastern Donetsk region, in the armed conflict zone in east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board were killed.

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