Savchenko’s case: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry condemns actions of Russian court

Source : 112 Ukraine

The judges didn’t let the defendant say her last speech in front of the court
22:07, 3 March 2016


“Ukraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs decisively condemns such actions of Russian justice, which are nothing but the purposeful stalling of the trial. These actions made Savchenko announce another hunger strike, which under her current health conditions puts her life in danger”, said the statement released at the website of the Ministry’s press service.

The Foreign Ministry called these actions “a manifestation of extraordinary cynicism regarding human rights and basic freedoms” and once urged the international community to take measures to put pressure on Russia, so that the illegally detained Nadia Savchenko would be released.   

As 112 International reported, the Donetsk city court in Rostov region, Russia, announced a break in the hearing of Savchenko’s case until March 9. Thus, the court deprived her of the right to deliver her final speech. The text of her speech was later uploaded at Facebook. Savchenko, in particular, stated that she’s going for another hunger strike if Russia doesn’t let her go.

In mid-December 2015, Russian court ruled that the pilot stays in detention until April 2016

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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