Disinfo: The court decision on MH17 challenges the integrity of the Dutch judicial system

Summary

The Dutch court's decision on the crash of Flight MH17 in Ukraine challenges the integrity of the Dutch judicial system. The results of the investigations was based on a political request to support the hypothesis of Russia's involvement in the disaster, under unprecedented pressure from the Dutch politicians, prosecutors and the media.

All the conclusions of the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office were based on the testimonies of eyewitnesses whose names were not mentioned and whose identities were not revealed, and on questionable statements, including from a party with vested interest, that is, the Ukrainian Security Service. The court did not pay attention to the defence's arguments about the lack of corroborating evidence that the plane was shot down by the Russian-made Buk missile system, and to the documents of the Russian Ministry of Defense regarding the missile.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation about downing of flight MH17 and an attempt to discredit the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) and the criminal trial. This claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The verdict of the court published on 17 November 2022 was based on strong evidence.

In its ruling the Court stated that there is no doubt that the MH17 was hit by a Buk missile fired from a farm field near Pervomaiskyi in Ukraine. This field was located in separatist-controlled territory. "This is clear from photographs of a smoke trail in the sky, statements by a protected witness, satellite images, intercepted telephone conversations and transmission mast data, photographs and videos of a Buk TELAR being brought in and removed, and examination of fragments in the remains of a crew member and in the truss and the groove of the aircraft. Investigation in the Netherlands and abroad has not revealed any traces of evidence tampering. Alternative scenarios, for example that the Buk missile was fired from a different area, are ruled out based on the evidence," stated in the final verdict.

See here and here for further debunking by Bellingcat and Polygraph.info, respectively and our interview with the Dutch Safety Board, tasked with investigating the cause of the crash of MH17.

See here for the statement by the EU High Representative Josep Borrell on the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 court ruling.

Read more disinformation cases about the downing of flight MH17.

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  • Reported in: Issue 318
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Malaysia, Russia, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17

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This is part of a disinformation campaign that was popular from when Russia’s military buildup started on the border in February 2022. The narratives aim to deflect any Russian responsibility for the escalation of tensions with Ukraine that were directly provoked by the aggressive military actions of Russia. See the article The Kremlin’s Playbook: Fabricating Pretext to Invade Ukraine - More Myths.

Contrary to the claim, throughout the invasion of Ukraine, neither the US nor companies based there have been pushing for an escalation of the conflict. Yes, the US has stated that they will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty, however, escalation is the cornerstone of Putin’s strategy in his war against Ukraine, especially as Ukrainian counter-offensives have steadily rolled back Russian gains in the region.

Missile accident in Poland part of the US anti-Russian strategy

It is strange that the Polish anti-aircraft defence failed to prevent the recent missile incident, taking into consideration the Western mantra that the Russian Army was going to march through Ukraine to Poland and take over the rest of Europe. The missile accident in Poland part of the American anti-Russian strategy.

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Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about the American attempts to destabilise and weaken Russia through various aggressive actions. The claim that the US wants to weaken Russia and cause its collapse through “Balkanisation” and colour revolutions should be perceived as one of the cornerstones of the Kremlin’s anti-Western propaganda.

This claim was made in connection with the recent missile accident in Poland. On 15 November 2022, a S-300 missile entered Polish airspace from the territory of Ukraine, killing two Polish civilians. According to US and Polish officials, the missile was fired by the Ukrainian air defence troops, which were counteracting a large-scale Russian missile attack on the same day.

The Western reaction to the missile incident in Poland was Russophobic

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Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about the Russophobic and anti-Russian West. Pro-Kremlin outlets regularly accuse the authorities of Western countries of Russophobia and inspiring anti-Russian sentiments in order to reach particular domestic goals.

This claim was made in connection with the recent missile accident in Poland. On 15 November 2022, an S-300 missile entered Polish airspace from the territory of Ukraine, killing two Polish civilians. According to the US and Polish officials, the missile was fired by the Ukrainian air defence troops, which tried to fight a large-scale Russian missile attack taking place on the same day. According to the statement of Polish President Andrzej Duda, this situation is an “unfortunate accident” which is a result of a massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine. According to Nato's position, “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine”.

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