Sunday 22 May 2016

MH17 Families Sue Russia & Putin For Compensation

An Australian law firm has reportedly filed a compensation claim against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, in the European court of human rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on 17 July, 2014, killing all 298 people on board, including 28 Australians.

The aircraft, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its final report late last year.
Fighting was raging in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces when the aircraft was downed and many western experts and governments blamed the rebels.

Fairfax Media and the ABC have reported that the application was filed on 9 May and names the Russian Federation and Putin as respondents and seeks $10m in compensation per passenger. Sydney legal firm LHD Lawyers reportedly served a claim on behalf of five Australian families.

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