• Dutch-led team to release initial MH17 criminal probe


    THE HAGUE: A Dutch-led international team of criminal investigators on Wednesday will release initial findings into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 amid growing frustration among relatives over the probe’s pace. The preliminary findings are expected to shed light on the exact type of BUK missile which struck the Boeing 777 passenger liner mid-air on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board including 196 Dutch citizens. It is also expected to show exactly where the Russian-made missile was fired from in war-torn eastern Ukraine, where Kiev has been battling pro-Russian separatists since April 2014. But the Dutch prosecution has already cautioned that it will not be naming any suspects at the briefing. Investigators will meet relatives of the victims first to give them the results, after which a press conference is planned for 1100 GMT.



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