Putin Hunting: The Kremlin head to be tried in the US for the downed Malaysian Boeing
According to The Sunday Telegraph, a multi-million lawsuit on the Malaysian Boeing aircraft downed over Eastern Ukraine will be lodged against Vladimir Putin.
British lawyers are going to lodge a class action and bring to the US court. Apart from Mr. Putin, Russian top military officers and Putin immediate network may be tried as well.
The lawsuit will cause further damage to relations between Putin and the West, but the politicians will be unable to prevent it.
In December 2015, the representatives of McCue & Partners law firm traveled to Ukraine to discuss the nuances of filing the claim. Families of the victims will be able to join the lawsuit. The suit will inevitably accentuate the role that Russia plays in the military action against Ukraine.
The representative of McCue&Partners noted that “both separatists suspected of downing the MH17 that caused deaths of hundreds innocent people, and states, individuals and companies that provided them with financial and material aid, should be held responsible”.
The civil suit on behalf of victims can be even more dangerous for Putin than a formal investigation.
Evidentiary basis in a civil case may be smaller than in a criminal one, so Kremlin officials and Putin can be held responsible, even if they escape criticism in the official investigation.
Compensations may exceed hundreds of millions of pounds. If the US court finds the case proven, foreign assets of Putin and his immediate network can be frozen until indemnity is fully paid.
McCue&Partners used to file a claim to the US court against the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi who sponsored the IRA.
July 26, 2015, Josh Earnest, the White House Spokesman, said the US believes Putin to be guilty of the death of the crew and passengers of the Malaysian Boeing aircraft.
“We know that MH17 was shot down with a ground missile. It was launched from the territory controlled by the separatists. We also know that at that moment Ukrainians did not control the air-defense systems”, – noted Mr. Earnest.
Despite the fact that experts hold evidence of the Russian terrorist attack near Smolensk in 2010, to date the EU countries did not accuse Putin of being a murderer of Mr. Kaczynski, the President of Poland.