In the coming days, KLM will pick up nearly 2 thousand travelers stranded in Australia, Bali and New Zealand with its first flights to Australia in decades. "It has been 20 years since we landed at Sydney Airport," the Dutch airline said on Twitter. These repatriation flights are happening in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The trial against the first four suspects in the downing of flight MH17 starts in the high-security court at Schiphol Airport on Monday. Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko are suspected of playing crucial roles in delivering the missile system that shot down MH17.
Air France-KLM made an offer to buy a 49 percent share in the struggling Malaysia Airlines, sources told Reuters and NU.nl. The Malaysian government is looking for a strategic partner to keep the national airline up and running.
Other airlines also showed interest in buying shares. Japan Airlines wants a 25 percent stake in the company, and local competitors AirAsia Group and Malindo Air also made offers, according to the newspaper.
The Malaysian authorities can call on Dutch forensic expertise in the investigation into the murder of 18-year-old Ivana Smit. The Netherlands formally offered its aid on Wednesday morning, Christoph Prommersberger, the deputy ambassador to Malaysia, said on Twitter. Whether the Dutch aid will be accepted, is not yet clear.
The relatives of people killed in the MH17 disaster wrote a letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, asking him to stop "spreading doubts and divisions" and to stop making statements that are "contrary to the truth", NU.nl reports.
Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, is critical about the new findings the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) revealed in the investigation into the MH17 disaster on Wednesday, calling them "nothing but hearsay". In another statement, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that "the Malaysian approach is that conclusions must always be based on evidence and not politically motivated", AD reports.
The Foreign Ministry of the Southeast Asian country also said that Malaysia remains committed to the JIT.
At a press conference in Nieuwegein on Wednesday, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will reveal four names of persons who are suspected of downing flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said, NOS reports.
Prosecutors in the Netherlands are expected to announce its first criminal case in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sources close to the investigation reportedly told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. The Boeing passenger jet was shot down by a Russian buk missile while flying over eastern Ukraine, officials have said.
Alexander and Luna Johnson, the American couple who was present when Dutch model Ivana Smit died in Malaysia in December 2017, is taking legal action to try and stop Ivana's family from accusing them of involvement in her death. "We are innocent, but have been under fire for a year and a half due to a smear campaign. Enough is enough", the couple said to newspaper AD.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad expressed doubts about Russia's involvement in the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The Netherlands asked Malaysia for an explanation, RTL Nieuws reports.
The family of Dutch model Ivana Smit is filing a civil lawsuit in the United States against the American couple who were present when she died in Kuala Lumpur. Through the lawsuit, the family hopes to be able to question the couple, the family's lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on talk show M on Thursday.
The death of Dutch model Ivana Smit in Malaysia was not a crime, the so-called Coroner's Court in Kuala Kumpur concluded on Friday morning, local time. Her family said that they will appeal against this ruling, but at this stage there will be no criminal trial about the young woman's death, the family's lawyer Sebas Diekstra confirmed to NU.nl.
The Netherlands and Australia want to start negotiating with Russia "in the foreseeable future" about the country's accountability in the downing of flight MH17, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said after meeting with his Australian colleague Marise Payne in New York, NOS reports.
The time that witnesses heard Dutch model Ivana Smit fall from an apartment building in Kuala Lumpur in December, does not correspond with the time of death stated in the police report, was revealed in the Coroner's Court on Thursday, AD reports.
GM Tan, the lawyer representing American couple Luna and Alexander Johnson, was asked to leave a court hearing on the death of Dutch model Ivana Smit in Malaysia on Wednesday. The judge ordered Tan to leave after he could not give a good reason for why his clients did not obey the summons to testify in the hearing, RTL Nieuws reports.
The apartment in Kuala Lumpur from which 18-year-old Dutch model Ivana Smit fell to her death in December, was cleaned shortly after the young woman's body was discovered and before the Malaysian police did a trace evidence investigation, lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on Twitter.
The family of deceased model Ivana Smit offered a reward of 50 thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the young Dutch woman's death.
American couple Alexander and Luna Johnson did not tell the Malaysian police anything about having sex with Dutch model Ivana Smit before her death in Kuala Lumpur, according to British private detective Mark Williams-Thomas. A source from within the Kuala Lumpur police told Williams-Thomas that the couple's statement includes nothing about sex, AD reports.
Nearly four months after her death, the American couple Ivana Smit spent her final night with before falling to her death in Kuala Lumpur, agreed to speak to the media. Alexander Johnson and his wife Luna Almaz met the 19-year-old Dutch model in October and had an intimate relationship with her. They went out together and had a threesome shortly before her death on December 7th, the couple told The Mail on Sunday.
New surveillance camera footage surfaced showing Ivana Smit in a club in Malaysia just hours before her death. The footage shows American Alexander Johnson carrying the 18-year-old Dutch model out of the club. Lawyer Sebas Diekstra posted the photo on Twitter.
The family of Ivana Smit asked the Dutch Public Prosecution Service to investigate the young model's death in Malaysia early this month. The request was made after Dutch forensic pathologist Frank de Groot did a first autopsy on the young woman's body and found that some of her injuries are not consistent with a fall from a great height, the Telegraaf reports.
The injuries found on Dutch model Ivana Smit's body, are not immediately consistent with a fall from a great height, according to forensic pathologist Frank de Groot.