MH17 trial would see 'justice' says son of victims Howard and Susan Horder

MH17 trial would see 'justice' says son of victims Howard and Susan Horder

MH17 trial would see 'justice' says son of victims Howard and Susan Horder

Updated 7 July 2017, 16:55 AEST

Matthew Horder, the son of Brisbane retirees who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 comments on the move to prosecute suspects in the Netherlands.

Matthew Horder, the son of Brisbane retirees who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has spoken out in support of the international move to prosecute suspects in the Netherlands.

Devastated by the loss of their parents Howard and Susan Horder, brothers Matthew, David and Adam grieved privately after the airliner their parents were on was shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

Mr and Mrs Horder, both aged 63 at the time, were returning home from a European holiday en route from Amsterdam via Kuala Lumpur.

But nearly three years on, Matthew said he was ready to speak out to show his family's support of the recent decision that could bring accountability for the victims of the ill-fated flight.

The tragedy claimed the lives of 298 people, including 38 Australians.

"For us it's always been about representing our parents' interests, so we'd like to see those responsible brought to justice," Matthew said.

He said the long process to get justice for his parents had taken its toll on the family.

"But we understand it needs to be done properly. It's already drawn out three years, but the recent announcement is another step in the right direction," he said.

On Wednesday, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which includes participants from Australia, announced its intent to press charges, which could see criminal proceedings dealt with under the Dutch legal system.

"There's still a long way to go until we get the sort of outcomes that would perhaps do justice for my parents and all the other victims on the flight," Matthew said.

Ribbon of trees honours those who perished

The three brothers are currently preparing to travel to Amsterdam where they will take part in the official opening of a special memorial for relatives of MH17 victims.

The memorial, which will be unveiled on the third anniversary of the disaster, spans two hectares and is situated close to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The main tribute comprises of 298 trees planted in the contour of a ribbon — one tree for each person killed.

"Mum and dad's trees are number 139 and 140," Matthew said.

"So we're going to be there to represent our loved ones and to be part of that opening and it'll be another step in the healing process for all of the families."

Driven to make a difference

Mr and Mrs Horder were fans of Dutch violinist Andre Rieu and had travelled to the singer's hometown of Maastricht in the Netherlands to see him perform.

Matthew said " every day was still difficult" and accepting his parents' fate was a continuing challenge.

"It's still a shock to think about what happened to them," he said.

"With every anniversary, milestone, or celebration, the thoughts of my parents are never far away."

Matthew said he was determined to use the tragedy as motivation to make positive change for other families.

He has been involved with a number of charities and recently took part in a trek of the Great Wall of China, helping to raise $200,000 for research into stillbirth for Mater Little Miracles.

"I think every day has its ups and downs, but I've found helping others very healing," Matthew said.

"It's nice to be able to do something good, despite everything bad that's happened, because they were close causes to our parents."

Support 'overwhelming'

Matthew said his family had received unwavering support from the community since the catastrophe claimed his parents' lives.

"I really want to thank people who have helped my family over the last three years," he said.

"It doesn't go unnoticed and it has really helped us cope."

Matthew said having a young family had also helped him through the dark days.

"Just doing the day-to-day things ... that's what helps us get by each day," he said.

"And the hope for justice."