As Malaysia Airlines MH17 trial begins in The Hague, court examines ‘atrocious disaster’

The trial of four men charged with murder over the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 began on Monday in The Hague. The defendants did not show up in court but the sombre proceedings were watched by family members of the 298 victims who perished when the plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine.“As you can see, none of the four defendants has complied with the summons by the Public Prosecution Service to appear in court today,” said public prosecutor Ward Ferdinandusse.After the…