July 3, 2015 10:00 am

Dutch back UN tribunal for Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash

Parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at its crash site. The passenger plane crashed near the village of Hrabove on July 17, 2014.

Mikhail Pochuyev/TASS

AMSTERDAM – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he supports moves to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.

Nearly 200 of the 298 passengers and crew killed when the Boeing 777 was brought down were Dutch.

Rutte said Friday the Dutch government believes a tribunal is the “best option for bringing to justice the perpetrators.”

Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal.

Diplomats said Malaysia’s U.N. Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim informed council members that the resolution is being prepared by the five countries investigating the crash and will be under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which can be enforced militarily.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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