International Tribunal for Downing of MH17
On 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has been shot down and the 298 passengers and crew, two-thirds were Dutch, have died.
Besides Western governments believe the rebels shot down the plane at cruising altitude with a Russian-supplied BUK missile system, a version based on radio intercepts, photographic and video evidence, witness statements and satellite imagery, Russia denies its any involvement.
Last month, Dutch authorities called for U.N. Security Council backed international tribunal to investigate the incident. But Russia might reject or veto such an initiative. According to the Guardian;
“If Moscow refused to back a tribunal, the Netherlands could push for further economic sanctions beyond those already imposed by the European Union and the US over Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year and its support for the rebels.”
After a Lockerbie bombing in 1988, Libya handed over two suspects due to the pressure of broad economic sanctions. They were put on trial in the Netherlands under Scottish law, and one was convicted.
Today British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in this statement supported the calls for an international tribunal to prosecute suspects of shooting a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. One of the five Security Council Member, UK`s call, will find an correspond among other Members. At the end, along with the economic sanctions upon Russia, we might expect an international tribunal to examine the incidents in the next years.