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Court extends arrest of Ukrainian MP Savchenko until December 23

Source : 112 Ukraine

Nadia Savchenko, a former political prisoner held by Kremlin, is suspected of preparation of the terrorist acts in the Verkhovna Rada and governmental quarter of Kyiv
17:55, 25 October 2018

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Shevchenkivsky district court of Kyiv has extended the arrest of MP Nadia Savchenko until December 23, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

It is noted that the lawyers of Nadia Savchenko participated in the court, while on October 24 they undertook a demarche insisting that they did not have enough time and possibilities to familiarize with the materials of the case.

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As the advocates were refused in the recusal of a judge, they did not come for the continuation of the session on October 24 and it was postponed for the next day.

On October 23, the court should consider the appeal of the prosecutor’s office on the extension of the detention of Savchenko. However, a few lawyers of the MP did not come to the court and she asked to postpone the session.

On September 4, the court extended arrest of Savchenko until October 30.

Related: Prosecutor General says Savchenko-Ruban case to start this year

Reportedly, Savchenko underwent a polygraph testing. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claimed that the psychological forensic examination with the use of the polygraph of MP Nadiya Savchenko confirmed her intentions of the coup d'état, particularly the commitment of the terrorist act in the governmental quarter and the Ukrainian Parliament.

Shevchenkivsky District Court decided on preventive measures for Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian people’s deputy – detention on custody for two months till May 20, 2018, without a right for bailment. During her speech, she declared a hunger strike. She also noted that she wasn’t going to escape Ukraine. Later, Appeal Court enhanced Savchenko’s detention until July 14.

Related: Prosecutor General's office completes investigation against Savchenko and Ruban

On July 13, her detention was extended and she declared an indefinite hunger strike.

Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General claimed that he has proof that Savchenko planned an armed coup d'état, which would have brought to mass civilian casualties. In particular, according to the information of Prosecutor General's office, she planned to shell Kyiv with a grenade launcher. Furthermore, she together with early detained Volodymyr Ruban are suspected of an organization of assassination of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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