The shoot-down of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the conflict-zone in Ukraine's civil war, on 17 July 2014, was finally judged, by a panel of five governments, on 24 May 2018. One of these five governments was a major suspect in the case, Ukraine itself. Ukraine had been granted, on 8 August 2014, absolute veto-power over the group's ultimate verdict. The verdict that was announced on May 24th, was that Russia's Government, which is hated by Ukraine's Government, did this shoot-down and mass-murder of the 298 people on that plane. Any verdict that Ukraine had downed the plane was vetoed at the outset by Ukraine, and so Russia was declared guilty on May 24th of last year.
The 8 August 2014 agreement was that there can be no verdict in the case unless, and until, there is a verdict that has "the consent of all the parties" to the investigatory team. The official announcement said that no finding on the MH17 event would be published unless and until there has been "receipt of the consent of all parties who take part in the investigation."
At that time, the team included four countries: Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine. All four signed it. A fifth member was later added, Malaysia, which likewise (though reluctantly) signed that 8 August 2014 agreement. If any one of those four (now five) Governments dissented from a proposed verdict, then that proposed verdict simply would be impossible to become publicly issued by the judging panel, as the verdict. (NOTE: I had been the only reporter in the English language to translate and report about that 8 August 2014 agreement — an agreement which still has never been made public except for two brief news-reports in Ukraine's press.)
This panel calls itself the "Joint Investigation Team," and it issued its verdict against Russia, in its 24 May 2018 presentation, finding that "the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade … of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation", had shot down the airliner, and thus that Russia is guilty of having murdered the 298 people. Immediately, the Washington Post reported that, "Criminal charges against the Russian military or Russia's government probably would exacerbate tensions between the Kremlin and the West even further, implicating Russian officials in the deaths of European tourists on their way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia." Then, on the very next day, May 25th, Britain's Telegraph bannered "Netherlands and Australia call for compensation for MH17 victims as they accuse Russia of downing plane", and reported that "Australia and the Netherlands have said they hold Russia legally responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 and will seek reparations for relatives of the 298 people killed."
NEVER BEFORE IN HISTORY HAS A SUSPECT IN A MURDER-CASE — MUCH LESS IN A MASS-MURDER CASE, SUCH AS THIS WAS — BEEN GRANTED VETO-POWER OVER THE VERDICT IN THE CASE. THIS SITUATION IS THEREFORE UNPRECEDENTED, HISTORIC.