Former anti-aircraft gunner of DPR Tsemakh, whom Ukraine sent back to Russia, recognized as suspect in case of MH17
Previously, the military man witnessed in the investigation of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing.
The former DPR anti-aircraft gunner handed over to Russia during an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine, Vladimir Tsemakh, received the status of a suspect in the case of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing MH17, Deutsche Welle reports citing Netherlands MP Kati Piri. According to her, earlier Tsemakh was considered a key witness.
On September 3, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced plans to interrogate Tsemakh. On September 7, Ukraine handed over the former anti-aircraft gunner to Russia along with the other 34 prisoners. According to Piri, Kiev did not keep its promise to contribute to the JIT investigation, and Moscow will not allow the interrogation of the suspect.
The former anti-aircraft gunner was detained in June in the city of Snezhnoye, the DPR. He was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the crash of MH17 flight but then was included in the prisoner exchange list with the Russian Federation.
The Malaysian Boeing was shot down in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board. According to JIT, the plane was shot down from the territory of the DPR by a “Buk” complex transported from Russia.