Donetsk city court (Rostov region, Russia) continued the hearing in the case of Nadia Savchenko, fighter pilot and officer of Ukraine’s Armed Forces. Her lawyer Nikolai Polozov tweeted this on January 27.
According to him, the defense team now appeals to the court, asking to exclude the incompetent evidence that were previously added to the case. According to Mediazona outlet, Polozov said that during the court session, witness Vyacheslav Zhelezny, resident of Luhansk, gathered and published data on the network activity of MTS-Ukraine company, where he was already fired from at the moment of data gathering. The court added this information to the case because it contained references of Savchenko’s the-then location in Luhansk region where she was on a mission.
The lawyer noted that the witness had no right to collect that information; besides, the data was illegally transported to Russia, in breach of the customs procedure and the Ukrainian law on the whole. “We ask to exclude this information, since it was collected in breach of the law”, Polozov said.
As is known, in December 2015, Rostov region court in Russia denied the defense team’s appeal on the decision to extend Savchenko’s arrest. The court ruled that the pilot stays in detention until April 2016. December 18, Savchenko started a hunger strike, the second one since the beginning of her detention in Russia. According to her defense team, she lost more than 15 kilograms and faces serious health problems. Savchenko demands to release her from detention and let her go back to Ukraine.
Nadia Savchenko, MP and former Ukraine’s Air Force officer, was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine in summer 2014. She says they captured her, forcefully brought her to Russia and passed her to Russian investigative authorities. Savchenko is charged with murder of two Russian reporters who worked in eastern Ukraine without any permission of the Ukrainian government. She is also charged with the illegal crossing of the Russian border. The pilot, her defense team and the Ukrainian government deny all charges, demanding to release her.