Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins: New defendants may appear in MH17 case

Higgins suggests that new defendants may appear before trial in March 2020

This was stated by founder of Bellingcat research group Eliot Higgins in an interview with Ukrinform.

"I do not know about witnesses and other similar details, but perhaps more people will be convicted before the trial begins in March 2020. It will be a long process, I expect the first hearing to be rather administrative, and the actual trial will start later," he said.

Bellingcat is an online publication founded by British journalist and blogger Eliot Higgins on July 15, 2014, two days before the plane crash.

Dutch documentary about MH17 won a prize of the International Emmy Awards

Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World, directed by Hans Pool, won in the Documentary category at the International Emmy Awards in New York

The Dutch VPRO production left behind the Brazilian documentary A Primeira Pedra, Louis Theroux’s Altered States and Witness: India's Forbidden Love by Al Jazeera English in the Documentary category.

Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World follows an international team of citizen journalists who use their knowledge of social media, reconstruction techniques and audio analysis to conduct in-depth research.

For example to the MH17 disaster, via Google Earth, dashcam images and Facebook profiles. Or to the abuses in Syria, where videos are accurately checked for authenticity, and then stored in a large database for possible future lawsuits.

Nevertheless, lots of specialist do not trust the results of investigations, that are presented by Bellingcat.