"At the moment, the defense is presenting evidence. We provide the proof of her innocence: both material evidence and the conclusion of experts. I believe that the presentation of evidence by the defense will take at least two meetings this week and, perhaps, several more meetings next week.
"After all this, we are likely to move on to the debate stage with a sentence to be passed afterwards. But taking into account that the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where Savchenko is to be present as a delegate, opens on Jan. 25, even if all hearings have ended by this date, it is unlikely that Russia will pass the sentence immediately before the session.
"Apparently, the court will take a pause for consultations and will wait until the session is over. Thus, I expect the verdict to be delivered not earlier than February," Polozov said.