Ukraine court releases MH17 'suspect' pending trial: AFP

The wrecked cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is presented to the press at the Gilze Rijen airbase. (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP
The wrecked cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is presented to the press at the Gilze Rijen airbase. (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP

A court in Ukraine on Thursday released from pre-trial detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, amid speculation he may be used in a prisoner swap with Russia.

Ukraine captured Vladimir Tsemakh, accused of fighting for pro-Russian separatists, in June, but he is believed to be a person of interest in the downing of MH17. European lawmakers described him as a "key suspect" and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe.

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