Savchenko taken to court for hearing of her case

The court in Donetsk in the Rostov region of Russia begins consideration of the case on the merits of Ukrainian pilot, MP from Batkivshchyna faction Nadiya Savchenko.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Liberty.

The hearing will be public. Savchenko's case is considered by three professional judges. The prosecutor will announce the indictment during today's session after which the defendant should admit or deny guilt. Savchenko faces up to 25 years in prison.

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The court shall examine 39 volumes of the criminal case, question the victims - relatives of the dead journalists, witnesses and experts in the course of the trial. According to lawyer Nikolai Polozov, the prosecution has declared 60 witnesses, including leader of the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" Igor Plotnitsky.

According to Polozov, the trial will be "rapid" and the court will pass a sentence until late October. Earlier, another lawyer of Nadiya Savchenko Ilya Novikov told Radio Liberty that the verdict of the Ukrainian military had already been written and she would receive the toughest sentence possible. The defense does not expect to win the action in the Russian court but relies on the support of the international community. According to Novikov, the diplomatic pressure will grow and Savchenko will be released "sooner or later".

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Nadiya Savchenko accused of involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists last summer near Luhansk, where she was allegedly adjusting shelling committed by the Ukrainian military. She refutes all the charges stating that she was already captured by the separatists at that time and then delivered to Russia. Savchenko has been in custody since last year June. She embarked on hunger strike in jail twice protesting against her illegal remand in custody.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n352893