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MH17 Witness Appeal and Trial Information - May 18

On July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine. As a result, 298 passengers and crew members died. The investigation by the international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) led to the conclusion that the plane was shot down by a BUK TELAR, originating from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile Brigade from Kursk in the Russian Federation. On June 19, 2019 the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands announced four suspects will be prosecuted for their involvement in the downing of flight MH17. The trial will start on the 9th of March 2020 at 10.00 AM before the District Court of The Hague, which will conduct the hearings at the Schiphol Judicial Complex. The investigation does not end here. More persons are involved in the downing of flight MH17. The investigation will continue to focus on the crew of the BUK TELAR and on persons who were an important link in the decision-making in the Russian Federation on military support to eastern-Ukraine in 2014. The JIT is calling for witnesses who have more information about these persons and their roles to come forward.

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Contact the JIT

We are putting great effort into finding the truth about the crash of MH17. The JIT is especially looking for insider and/or eye witnesses, who can tell us more about the role that different persons have played in the downing of flight MH17, the instruction that was given and the command structure. If you have any information, please contact us. We will handle your information with ultimate care.
JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.

Witnesses and suspects can contact the JIT via:

  • E-mail address contact@jitmh17.com
  • Phone number: 0800-300014 (free from Ukraine) or 0031-886624600
    (Dutch phone number, local rate).
  •  WhatsApp: call or text 0031-683559290.
  • For uploading photographic or video material.

We prefer WhatsApp calls over phonecalls.

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Witness appeal May 2018: 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile Brigade

The BUK TELAR that shot down Flight MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile Brigade from Kursk in the Russian Federation. The JIT would like to know the following about the deployment of this BUK TELAR on 17 July 2014.

  • Who was part of the crew on July 17, 2014?
  • What was the instruction given to them?
  • Who was in charge of this crew?
  • Who was giving the orders?
  • Who was part of the crew during the movement of the BUK TELAR from the Brigade in Kursk in June 2014?
  • What was the instruction given to this crew (in June)?
  • Who was in charge of this crew (in June)?
  • Who was giving the orders?
  • Who was responsible for the operational deployment of this BUK TELAR on 17 July 2014?
  • Who can give us more information about procedures and responsible persons within the 53rd Brigade?
  • Who is in the possession of images and/or videos from the BUK and/or members of the 53rd Brigade and their location between 25 June and 18 July 2014?

We are convinced many people have this information, such as staff members of the 53rd Brigade, but also family members, friends or acquaintances. And even people who have no connection at all with the 53rd Brigade. If you know the answers to these questions or if you know people who can provide answers, please contact the JIT. The JIT is getting close, so this is the time to come forward with your information.

We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian. Images and videos can also be uploaded here.

More information
Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection.

Press Meeting JIT May 24, 2018 

If you have information for us or if you know people who have, please contact the JIT. We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.
Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection and Safe communication

Reduction of Sentence for Ukrainian crimes

For those under suspicion or accused of Ukrainian crimes, there are significant incentives to providing evidence in criminal matters, such as the investigation into the downing of the Boeing (MH17). This is especially applicable to pro Russian fighters interested in leaving the conflict zone, but concerned about being charged with criminal offences arising from their participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Since April 2017 changes to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine allow the public prosecutor, under certain conditions, to conclude a plea agreement (a deal) with a suspect or person accused of grave (terroristic) crimes. An Agreement may result in reduced or suspended punishment.Any plea agreement depends on the level of cooperation, as well as the reliability and value of information provided about other crimes or criminals. The changes to the Code allow for agreements to be made before or during trials. All agreements need to be examined and approved by the Court.

If you have information for us or if you know people who have, please contact the JIT. We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.
Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection and Safe communication

Witness safety and protection

The JIT pays serious attention to the security of witnesses. We strongly advise you that you should never reveal your actual (current) or intended assistance to the investigation to any person or agency outside of the JIT.

If you are concerned about your safety and/or the safety of your relatives/friends, various protective measures can be taken. Such as:

  • Discussions/interviews can take place in safe places in or outside your country. If travel is needed the JIT may provide assistance
  • In some cases the identity of the witness can be shielded or protected
  • In certain circumstances a witness protection program may be necessary.

​Witness protection programs:

  1. are intended to provide an environment in which the witness may give evidence without fear of retribution
  2. can protect witness identities and may include the use of assumed identities
  3. may extend to people associated or related to the witness, such as family members
  4. may include re-location and in some cases permanent re-settling in another country.

Inclusion in a witness protection program is not to be considered as a reward. It is governed by strict protocols and is on voluntary basis.
Every JIT nation has their own witness protection programs, many of which have cooperative arrangements with other nations.

If you have information for us or if you know people who have, please contact the JIT. We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.
Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection and Safe communication

Witness appeal May 2018: Missile from 9M38-series

Forensic investigation confirms that Flight MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 series BUK missile. A venturi, the exhaust of the missile and a casing, the shell of the missile engine were found in Eastern Ukraine.
 

  Casing Venturi


To complete the tactical investigation the JIT urgently appeals to everyone who can give the JIT more information about the following:

  1. Do you recognize the handwriting of the number on the venturi?
  2. Do you have information about the numbers on the venturi?
  3. Do you have information about the numbers on the casing? Or are you – or do you know - someone who can confirm the meaning of these numbers?
  4. Are you - or do you know - someone who has knowledge of the serial number of the missile these items belong to?
  5. Are you or do you know someone with information about the missile in which these parts have been placed and to which unit this missile was delivered?

We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.

More information

Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection.

Press Meeting JIT May 24, 2018 

Please read the latest press release about the JIT-findings and witness appeal
Watch the full press meeting about the latest JIT-findings and witness appeal

If you have information for us or if you know people who have, please contact the JIT. We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.
Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection and Safe communication

More information

The criminal investigation is aimed at identifying the suspects and is conducted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

About JIT

The police and judicial authorities of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine work together with the JIT, the Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Dutch National Police. The purpose of the criminal investigation is to establish the facts, identify those responsible for the crash and to collect evidence which can be used in every court, in any country.

If you have information for us or if you know people who have, please contact the JIT. We will handle your information with ultimate care. JIT investigators are available to help you in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian.
Witnesses can contact the JIT to provide information or evidence. For those concerned about safety, refer to Witness Safety & Protection and Safe communication

Press inquiries
Journalists with police-related press inquiries about flight MH17 can contact the press office by phone: 0031 (0)6 50 088 936  or email: b.van.de.moosdijk@om.nl.

Safe communication

For safe communication with us through e-mail, we advise you to do the following: 
Setup a new Gmail email account. You can do this on: https://www.gmail.com. Or preferably use public/free Wi-Fi. Often you can find free Wi-Fi spots at hotels or cafes.
For safe communication with us through phone, we advise you to do the following: 
Always use a new pre-paid phone and/or SIMcard.