July 5 (UPI) -- The Dutch Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that suspects in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 will be prosecuted in a Dutch court.
An international criminal investigation determined in 2016 that a missile, fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, struck the plane as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2014. Russia disputed the findings, saying the missile was fired from a Ukrainian-controlled area.
The crash killed all 298 people, from 17 countries, aboard the plane.
The ministry announcement on behalf of the countries involved in the investigation -- Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine -- did not include the names of suspects.
Investigators building the criminal case said that about 100 people were involved in the launch of the missile.
*****By Ed Adamczyk (UPI)
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