Vladimir Putin could face legal action over MH17

A satellite image shows the primary crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
A satellite image shows the primary crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Vladimir Putin is facing a multimillion-dollar legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine.

The UK Daily Telegraph reports British lawyers are preparing a class action against the Russian President through the American courts. Senior Russian military commanders and politicians close to Mr Putin are also likely to become embroiled in the legal claim.

The case would further damage relations between Mr Putin and the West, but politicians would be powerless to prevent it.

Last week, lawyers from McCue & Partners, the London law firm, flew to Ukraine for discussions about how to bring the case and where it should be filed. Victims' families will be invited to join the action. The case will inevitably highlight the role allegedly played by Russia in stoking conflict in eastern Ukraine.

A representative from the family of British-born Kiwi Rob Ayley, killed on the flight, said "there was no comment".

The father of Mary Menke, an Australian-based New Zealander who was also on the flight, gave his name only as Bill and said he had not heard of any pending legal action.

Topics:  editors picks mh17 ukraine

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