On July 17, 2014, as it was passing over eastern Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 – a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur – was shot down by a missile. 15 crew members and all 283 passengers lost their lives as a result.
Three men, comprising of two Russian intelligence officers, Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinskiy, as well as Ukrainian separatist Leonid Karachenco were recently convicted and discovered to be members of a Russian-backed separatist movement in eastern Ukraine.
The trio were to be detained and sentenced to life in prison in absentia by the court, in addition to $16.5 million (around RM75,624,450) in compensation paid to the victims, as per Simple Flying. The men currently remain at large.
However, the Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the conviction and denounced it as “scandalous” despite the case’s ample evidence. The Dutch government then called…