Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said that the names of those responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 might be confirmed by the end of the year.
She said on Sunday during a media chat in Canberra that very soon those responsible would be brought to book.
She added that “by the end of the year, maybe early next year, the list of those that we believe should be held accountable will be confirmed and then there must be a prosecution.”
Ms. Bishop said that the culprits could face international tribunal, similar to the one used to prosecute those responsible for the 1988 bombing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.
International investigators had confirmed that the passenger plane was downed by a Russian-made missile fired from a pro-Russian rebel village in eastern Ukraine.
The findings countered Moscow’s suggestion that the flight, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014, was brought down by Ukraine’s military, rather than the separatists.
All 298 people on board, including 28 Australians, were killed.