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Published on : Monday, July 18, 2016
The families of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have gathered together on Sunday 17th July to mourn their loss, two years after the flight has been shot down over Ukraine. On the day, the airlines authorities have settled several damage claims of the families of the victims.
It has been reported that Amsterdam based lawyer Veeru Mewa, who has been representing some of the 165 victims of Dutch origin, has been involved in the settlement and he has agreed to maintain secrecy. Mewa has informed that talks are ongoing for the relatives of other victims.
The London-based law firm owner, James Healy-Pratt, who represents almost 30 families, has informed that 85% of the claims against the airlines have been settled on confidential terms. He has also informed that six more claims still remains before the Malaysian high court.
The airlines authorities must pay damages up to $145,000 to the family of individual victim under the Montreal Convention, regardless of the circumstances related to the crash. Sunday 17th July was marked as the deadline for any legal action under the convention.
The final report in 2015 by the Dutch Safety Board has concluded that the aircraft, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, has been hit by a Russian-made missile in the territory of pro-Russian separatists. The crash eventually killed all the 298 passengers and crew members. The bodies of the victims have been found scattered in the sunflower field of Ukraine after the crash.
On 17th July, over 60 people gathered at the crash site in Petropavlivka to be a part of a memorial service. Some of the young villagers have been found carrying paper planes in the memory of the children, who have lost their lives in the fatal crash. Mourners have carried flowers and personal belongings of the victims to the memorial. They have been reading poems in the name of the 298 victims, and they have also been singing songs to be healed.
In the Dutch town of Vijfhuizen, near the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, a memorial is about to be unveiled for the victims in 2017. The flight initially departed from the same airport in Amsterdam.
The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko has vowed that the perpetrators must be punished. The separatists have denied any responsibility for the devastating crash.
Lawsuits have been filed against the separatists after the heinous incident.