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Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a proposal to hold accountable, detain, and arrest the non-factional deputy Nadia Savchenko.
It looks like the high-profile case of the head of the "Officer Corps" Center for the Release of Prisoners Volodymyr Ruban, detained on the contact line in Donbas and later accused of preparing a terrorist act and illegal handling of weapons, turns into a new "Savchenko’s case".
The Prosecutor General says that the investigation has irrefutable evidence of the complicity of the People's Deputy in the preparation for a coup d'etat in Ukraine, commissioned by the Russian Federation.
During the meeting of the parliament, Prosecutor General Lutsenko has voiced a loud statement: Savchenko has planned to conduct a terrorist attack in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada. "The investigation has irrefutable evidence that Nadia Savchenko has personally planned, personally recruited, and personally instructed how to carry out the terrorist act here in this hall, destroying two lodges, government and official one, shelling the dome of the Verkhovna Rada with mortars, and killing those who survive with the guns," he said.
In this regard, the Prosecutor General announced the submission to the Verkhovna Rada of the idea of holding accountable, detention, and arrest of Savchenko. At the same time, Lutsenko asked the parliament "to immediately support the draft law that after the Prosecutor General's presentation, the diplomatic passports of the People's Deputy stop acting so that she/he remains in Ukraine."
Prosecutor General does not renounce the support of Savchenko’s release of from the Russian captivity, but he stressed that "the released hostage, even if it is a hero of Ukraine, must fulfill the law."
A photocopy of Prosecutor General’s appeal to the Verkhovna Rada Chairman, Andriy Parubiy, was posted by his press secretary Larysa Sargan on her Facebook.
In addition to the submissions, Lutsenko has attached the materials, which justify these submissions (a volume of 174 sheets).
As specified by the press service of the Prosecution General, the documents were sent in the framework of criminal proceedings:
- Part 1 of Art. 109 ("Actions aimed at the forcible change or overthrow of the constitutional order or the seizure of state power");
- Part 1 of Art. 14 ("Preparing for a crime"),
- Part 2 of Art. 28 ("Committing an offense by a group of individuals, a group of persons by prior agreement, an organized group or a criminal organization"),
- Part 1 of Art. 109; Part 1 of Art. 14 p. 2 tbsp. 28, art. 112 ("Encroachment on the life of a public or public figure"),
- Part 1 of Art. 14 p. 3 tbsp. 258 ("The Terrorist Act");
- Part 1 of Art. 258-3 ("Establishment of a terrorist group or terrorist organization");
- Part 2 of Art. 28 and part 1 of Art. 263 ("Illicit treatment of weapons, ammunition or explosives") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Some of these articles, such as the terrorist act, provide for up to 15 years in prison.
In fact, the start of the story with Nadia Savchenko could be considered the detention of head of the "Officer Corps" Center for the Release of Prisoners Volodymyr Ruban, which took place on March 8.
As claimed by the Security Service (SBU) he drew a minibus to return from the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and carried a full arsenal of the weapons: from the guns and machine guns to anti-personnel mines, grenades, and mortars.
Later, the SBU said that Ruban was preparing a series of large-scale terrorist attacks in the government quarter, during which the massacres of politicians, including the president, were planned. The attack was ordered by Russia.
Ruban has dismissed all these accusations and said that he helped one representative of the special forces of Ukraine’s Armed Forces (call sign "Cedar"). The bus belonged to this man, and Ruban knew nothing about the cargo.
Nevertheless, Shevchenkivsky district court has arrested him for 60 days without the right to deposit a pledge.
Then Savchenko expressed her readiness to take Ruban on bail. A few days later the prosecutor's office said that she was being summoned for questioning in this case. There are rumors that Savchenko is suspected of complicity with Ruban in organizing preparations for a coup d'état in Ukraine.
Savchenko denies all the accusations and associates them with her active position in disclosing the corruptness of the authorities. "All three days I have spent in Europe, where I managed to testify in European legal bodies against Poroshenko's corruption, against the criminality of our power and political persecution," she noted after the interrogation in the Security Service.
The People's Deputy was convinced that there were no legal reasons to expel her from the National Security Committee. She considers submitting the proposal on removing the parliamentary immunity without her presence a crime.
"The accusations of preparing a military coup d'etat and an attempt on power are good accusations. It is good that I am an officer of the Armed Forces. I swore an oath to the Ukrainian people to defend the land, not the Ukrainian government. I accuse the Ukrainian authorities of crimes against the people, of deaths during Poroshenko’s criminal power," she said, emphasizing that now many militaries would agree that "a military coup in Ukraine is quite an expected and actually a rather good event."
In addition, Savchenko accused the Prosecutor General of lying. "Lutsenko has lied once again: I was summoned as a witness for interrogation to investigator Tomusyak. The questioning was conducted by another investigator, and I was not interrogated as a witness, but an explanation," she noted.
Later, Savchenko said that she offered the SBU to interrogate her publicly on a lie detector regarding her links with the Russian Federation. "I am not acquainted with Medvedchuk, and all the allegations of my links with the Russian Federation are all lies. I offered the prosecutor's office, the SBU to interrogate me publicly on a lie detector. The public, the whole country should hear the answers to all questions. Or are they afraid of it?"
The idea of the removal of immunity and the arrest of Savchenko should now be considered by the Standing Committee of the Verkhovna Rada.
The Prosecutor General is confident that this will happen next Wednesday (although the committee itself might postpone consideration or send a submission to the Prosecutor General for the revision).
A day earlier, Lutsenko had promised to present to the evidence of all the crimes in which Savchenko was accused of. According to him, the investigation has about a hundred hours of audio and video recordings, on which an examination has been carried out and which prove the guilt of the people's deputy.
If the Standing Committee reviews the submission against Savchenko on Wednesday, the Verkhovna Rada will be able to vote for the deprivation of its immunity on Thursday, March 22.
As reported before, the parliamentarians have excluded Savchenko from the National Security Committee.