MH17 suspect Volodymyr Tsemach ignored a deal with Dutch and Australian authorities for his extradition from Ukraine to Russia, promising him Dutch statesmanship, witness protection and a house, writes The Moscow Times Friday after an interview with Tsemach.
With the deal, the Netherlands and Australia hoped to keep him from Russia. The Netherlands immediately asked Moscow to extradite Tsemach, but received zero at the moment.
The Ukrainian separatist could play an important role in the MH17 process, because he was present as an air defense commander at the time of the shooting of MH17 in Snizhne. That is a few kilometers from the location where the plane of Malaysia Airlines was shot on July 17, 2014.
A 2015 video interview would also reveal Tsemach's possible involvement in transporting the buk launch installation to Russia. That is how the word 'buk' was squeaked away.
The MH17 Flying Disaster Foundation accuses Russia of explicit opposition and obstruction by involving Tsemach in the prisoner transfer. The country allegedly wanted to get it in his hands, because without Tsemach the deal would not have taken place.
According to the head of the Ukrainian security service SBOe, his government could no longer stop the deal due to "moral obligations", "despite Russia's more or less affirming its claim to have been involved in the MH17 disaster".
Process starts next year
Flight MH17 crashed in July 2014 in Eastern Ukraine. In addition, all 298 passengers were killed, including 196 Dutch people.
The trial against four MH17 suspects will start in March next year. Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko are held responsible for, among other things, transporting the rocket.
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