The Dutch government is not obliged to declassify documents about the investigation of the crash of flight MH17 in the sky over the Donbas. This decision was made by the Dutch Council of State – an Advisory body, also performs the functions of appeal, reports RTL Nieuws.
In a statement, the Council noted that “the interest in disclosure does not exceed… relationship of the Netherlands with other States and international organizations”.
Earlier Dutch media – TV channels NOS and RTL Nieuws and the newspaper Volkskrant – filed a lawsuit to the country’s authorities with a demand to declassify records of the investigation of the crash.
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In February 2017, the court ruled in favor of the media, ruling that the documents should be made public. However, the government appealed this ruling to the appellate court.
A Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines, carrying out flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on 17 July 2014 over captured militants of the Donetsk region. The tragedy killed all 298 people aboard. The passengers of the flight were citizens of 10 countries, the majority of victims (193) – nationals of the Netherlands.
An international investigation team found that the airliner was shot down by a missile fired from anti-aircraft missile system Buk.
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