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MH17 plane crash trial starts, who will be held responsible?

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Dutch judges will begin to hear evidence on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

The critical stage of a trial over the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 is set to begin.

Families of those who died in the 2014 tragedy have spoken of their heartache as details prepare to be handed down.

MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a missile.

Investigators believe the missile was fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels during fighting with Ukrainian government troops.

All 298 people on board were killed, two-thirds of them Dutch nationals.

Dutch judges overseeing the murder trial of three Russian men and another from Ukraine will summarise evidence at the hearing in a high-security courtroom in Amsterdam.

“The court will open the MH17 criminal trial proper and, through examining and discussing the content of the prosecution file, elucidate the key questions which it has already begun to address,”

the court said in a statement.

Court proceedings officially began in March 2020 with discussions over the admissibility of evidence.

MH17 crash site / Image File

The trial phase:

The trial will start with hearings looking at the evidence and the investigation into the crash.

The defensee and prosecution will be granted time to discuss any conflicting information or issues, lasting until July 9, 2021.

Relatives of the victims will be allowed to address the court in what is understood will be an opportunity to give victim impact statements at some point in September.

A piece of the MH17 wreckage is lifted at the crash site in Donetsk, Ukraine. File photo: Reuters
A piece of the MH17 wreckage is lifted at the crash site in Donetsk, Ukraine. File photo: Reuters

The men on trial:

Three Russian nationals and one Ukrainian citizen are on trial for the downing of the Malaysian Airlines jet.

The tragic day of the downing of MH17:

The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 jet was en route from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Investigators revealed the plane was shot down as it flew over a part of eastern Ukraine that is under the control of pro-Russian rebels.

All 298 people on board — including 196 Dutch citizens perished in the crash.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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