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 Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for Boeing crash

Vladimir Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine

Last week, lawyers from McCue & Partners, the London law firm, flew to Ukraine for discussions about how to bring the case and where it should be filed. Victims' families will be invited to join the action, Censor.NET reports citing The Telegraph.

McCue and Partners have previously brought claims in the US courts against the former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for sponsoring IRA terrorism in Northern Ireland and on the British mainland.

The case against Putin could be worth hundreds of millions of pounds, possibly more, in potential damages. The action is likely to be brought through the US courts and could - if held liable - eventually see assets of Putin and those closest to him frozen if any resulting compensation is not paid.

The case would further damage relations between Putin and the West, but politicians would be powerless to prevent it.

Read also: Netherlands release almost 600 documents on flight MH-17 crash in Donbas. 147 remain classified

There is overwhelming, but largely circumstantial, evidence that Russian-backed rebels mistakenly brought down the Boeing 777, killing all 298 people on board, having mistaken it for a Ukrainian military aircraft. It is almost certain the aircraft was brought down by a Russian-made SA-11 missile fired from a Buk mobile launcher that appeared to have crossed into Ukraine from Russia.


 
 
 
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