The lawyers of MH17 suspect Oleg Turatov still haven’t met him, but they hope to travel to Russia soon. This morning another series of preliminary hearings began in the trial.
Lawyer Sabine ten Doesschate said that they have been trying to find a flight for the past few weeks, but that there were no flights to Russia, or that they were cancelled at the last moment.
The Dutch lawyers want to meet their client in person to discuss the defence strategy. The court has given the defence until the autumn. The last few months they could not travel to Russia because of the coronavirus measures.
At an earlier hearing, they could not say which cases they would like to have investigated further, before the trial starts.
Ten Doesschate said they found a flight after all. She didn’t want to say on what date they were travelling because of the “recent worrying reports about the shadowing of lawyers”. She was referring to the case against Ridouan Taghi, in which two lawyers were observed travelling to Dubai.
OM little understood
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) shows little understanding for the failure to meet. Public Prosecutor Ferdinandusse said that the Public Prosecution Service had previously reported to the lawyers from which European cities they were flying to Russia. According to him, there are several flights a week. He said that the Public Prosecutor would like to help book a flight.
Later today, the lawyers of the next of kin will speak. Flight MH17 was brought down over Ukraine in July 2014. All 298 occupants were killed. Four men are on trial for this, among them Oleg Poelatov.