Public Prosecution Service speaks with relatives of MH17 victims

The MH17 process starts in March, the Public Prosecution Service has had dozens of conversations with relatives in recent weeks. The aim was to hear from them what influence the MH17 disaster and everything related to it has on their lives -

A total of 75 interviews were held with family members of the 196 Dutch victims of flight MH17. That happened at police stations in several cities. A delegation from the Public Prosecution Service, the police and Victim Support were there in Australia at the beginning of this month to speak with fifty relatives of Australian victims.

Such a conversation with a public prosecutor is a legal right for the relatives. Digna van Boetzelaer, deputy chief prosecutor, says: "Some people said it brings up more than they expected. But afterwards they were also very grateful and said: I needed to tell my story, and someone to listen to me. "

Wim van der Graaff - he lost his son Laurens (30) and his girlfriend Karlin - is happy with the conversation he had in Hoofddorp with a public prosecutor: "It was very special, because this is a part of the official indictment of what has happened to us. It is very nice that we were heard so personally. That has been a very good feeling. "

When it comes to the MH17 process, Wim van der Graaff deliberately lowers his expectations. "I have my doubts about whether something will be achieved in the long term. I am prepared for disappointment. "

He is nevertheless happy to contribute. "I will use my right to speak in the process. That is the only way for me to get the feeling that I am doing something about it".