A Russian suspicious implicated of downing Malaysia Airlines trip MH17 informed Dutch courts on Friday he had “absolutely nothing to do with the catastrophe”, as the long-running test wrapped up.
Oleg Pulatov is among 4 guys on test in absentia for rejecting the jetliner in July 2014 as it overlooked war-torn eastern Ukraine, eliminating all 298 guests aboard.
The test is being kept in the Netherlands as the Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and also a lot of the targets were Dutch.
” I am innocent. I have absolutely nothing to do with the catastrophe of July 17, 2014,” Pulatov, stated in a video clip declaration played to the court.
” I totally participated in the (court) treatment and also there is undeniable proof that the prosecution did not discuss the complete situations of the accident,” included Pulatov, talking in Russian.
” It is the prosecution’s major purpose to obtain a sentence whatsoever,” stated Pulatov, worn a blue t shirt and also coat and also talking straight to the cam.
” Acquit me,” he after that informed courts at the hearing, which opened up at a top-security court house near Schiphol airport terminal in March 2020.
A decision is not anticipated up until a minimum of November 17, courts stated on Friday.
Administering court Hendrik Steenhuis stated “the situation has actually made an enormous impact on all right here in the court and also those outdoors.”
Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and also Pulatov in addition to Ukranian person Leonid Kharchenko have all rejected to show up in court and also are being attempted in absentia.
Just Pulatov has lawful depiction.
The MH17 test has actually tackled brand-new relevance considering that Russia’s late February intrusion of Ukraine, in which a variety of brand-new battle criminal activities are being affirmed.
On Thursday, Pulatov’s legal representative Sabine 10 Doesschate stated district attorneys fell short to verify a Russian-made BUK rocket was accountable for rejecting trip MH17.
District attorneys have actually asked for life sentences for the 4 guys.
Girkin, 51, likewise understood by his pseudonym “Strelkov”, is one of the most prominent suspect– a previous Russian spy and also historic re-enactment follower that aided start the battle in Ukraine.
Dubinsky, 59, that has actually likewise been related to Russian knowledge, apparently worked as the separationists’ army knowledge principal.
Pulatov, 55, was an ex-Russian unique pressures soldier and also among Dubinsky’s replacements.
Kharchenko, 50, apparently led a separatist device in eastern Ukraine.