Australia Legal Action against Russia
“I support all actions to hold Russia accountable, because at the end of the day, families really want the truth, and they just want an apology,” Guard said. “Most families would be much happier, or at least partially happier, if Russia acknowledged the facts of what happened and acknowledged its role.” The trial adds to the Dutch national prosecution of four suspects for their individual criminal responsibility for shooting down the flight: three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, Oleg Pulatov and a Ukrainian, Leonid Kharchenko. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was en route from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine. International prosecutors believe he was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board the plane were killed, including 38 Australians. Australia and the Netherlands claim that Russia was responsible for the attack under international law and have now initiated legal proceedings before the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency responsible for promoting the safety of international air transport. Its task is to mediate between countries and it has the power to impose sanctions on a Member State that has violated international law. He could possibly demand that Russia pay compensation to the families of the victims of the MH17 tragedy. Legal experts said the legal proceedings initiated by Australia and the Netherlands should not worry the Kremlin.
The Russian government has denied any involvement in the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane. Paul Guard`s parents, Roger and Jill, were among the Australians who died. He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he supported the lawsuit. At a press conference in Sydney, Payne told reporters that Australia could “consider” withdrawing the action if Russia “is ready to return to the negotiating table.” but we have not seen any sign of good faith from Russia for some time. Its role is to mediate between countries and, by agreement, it has the power to condemn or impose sanctions against a member state found guilty of violating international law – including by requiring Russia to pay compensation to the families of the victims. The two governments on Monday opened a trial before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced. The case revolves around the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Australia and the Netherlands claim that the Russian Federation is responsible under international law for the destruction of the flight and want the new legal measures to bring justice to the families of the victims. Three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with murder after extensive work by an international investigative team. SYDNEY – The families of Australians killed in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine in 2014 have welcomed Canberra`s decision to take legal action against Russia. The agency also has the power to condemn or impose sanctions against countries that violate international law, seeking redress for the victims` families, ABC News reported.
All 298 people on board, including 38 Australian citizens and residents, died when a Russian Buk missile hit the plane. Both Australia and the Netherlands claim that Russia was responsible for the attack under international law and have now opened legal proceedings before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Netherlands said last year it wanted to bring Russia back to the negotiating table, but did not rule out legal action. The lawsuit filed by the two countries is separate from the ongoing murder trial in the Netherlands against four suspects for their individual criminal responsibility. Australia and the Netherlands are pursuing a new lawsuit against Russia for its alleged role in the downing of a commercial flight in 2014, citing the continued need to hold Moscow accountable after its invasion of Ukraine. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Attorney General Michaelia Cash announced on Monday that Australia would launch a joint action with the Netherlands under Article 84 of the International Civil Aviation Agreement, claiming that Russia was violating the Chicago Convention, which underpins aviation law.