The MH17 investigation in Ukraine has received a $50 million boost from the federal budget

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The MH17 investigation will receive $50.3 million over the next four years, as allocated in the 2018 federal budget.

The funding will support the Dutch National Prosecution to pursue those responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Ukraine.

“The government is delivering on its commitment to provide justice for the victims of the downing of MH17 over Ukraine,” the budget papers said.

“As well as meeting Australia’s share of the prosecution costs, this funding will enable victims’ families to participate in the proceedings, and provide sufficient resourcing for the Kyiv and The Hague Embassies to support Australia’s ongoing involvement in the prosecution.”

The funding follows a meeting of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in New York in September last year, where Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding confirming its full cooperation with and support for the Dutch national prosecution process.

“The five JIT member countries [Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Australia] are united in our joint resolve to hold the perpetrators to account, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said at the time.

“The Australian Government has full confidence in the quality, impartiality and integrity of the Dutch legal system and commends the Dutch Government’s leadership in seeking justice for MH17.”

The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a missile over Eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew, including 38 Australians.


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