Ukraine demands that Russia stops sneering at Savchenko, - Foreign Ministry
Russian court continues to ignore Savchenko’s legal status as Ukraine’s MP and PACE delegation member
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry protests against continuation of court process on the case of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadia Savchenko. Press Centre of the Ministry reported this on January 26.
“The so-called Russian justice deliberately ignores elementary rules of procedure. Savchenko’s rights are systematically violated: the court refuses to consider official documents, gained from lawyers from Ukraine; it refuses to summon witnesses, requested by the defense team, declines the petition to add to the case materials provided by the defense”, reads the message.
Besides, Russia continues to ignore Savchenko’s diplomatic immunity as member of Ukraine’s delegation in the PACE, which confirms that the trumped-up case against her has not legal, but purely political status, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says.
The newly elected PACE President Pedro Agramunt marked it is necessary to release the Ukrainian pilot.
The Ministry also stresses that Savchenko’s health worsened, which was caused by the ongoing hunger strike as she protests against the arbitrary treatment by the Russian court, absence of qualified medical aid and unsatisfactory conditions of detention.
“We demand that Russia stops to sneer at Nadia Savchenko and other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens that are currently political prisoners in Russia; and to immediately release them and let them return to Ukraine”, the Ministry said.
As is known, December 25, 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.
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