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Jury to consider case of Savchenko, Ruban, - Prosecutor's Office

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prosecutors stood against self-disqualification of the judge Mezhennykova
14:42, 14 February 2019

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The Prosecutor’s Office informed that the case of Ukraine’s MP Nadiya Savchenko and the leader of Officer Corps Centre Volodymyr Ruban, accused of terrorism, will be considered by the jury, as the prosecutor said during a preparatory meeting in Chernihiv District Court, Ukrainian News reported.

During the session, one of the members of the court panel, the judge Svitlana Mezhennykova withdrew from the case as secret data will be involved and she does not have access to it.

The prosecutors were against her withdrawal.

Related: Case of Ukraine's Savchenko, Ruban on armed coup d'état attempt passed to Chernihiv court

“We consider the decision on self-disqualification premature, as, according to the information we have, both of the accused will appeal for consideration of the case by the jury, and they will put aside three judges anyway,” the prosecutor said.

At the same time, the lawyers of Savchenko and Ruban supported self-disqualification. Lawyer Valentyn Rybin said stated that secret materials were not used in the case.

He also stressed that he had access to top-secret information.

Related: Nadiya Savchenko transferred to Lukyanivska Prison

Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General, claimed that he had proof that Savchenko planned an armed coup d'état, which would have led 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, together with earlier detained Volodymyr Ruban she is suspected of an organization of assassination of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

As we reported earlier, Savchenko took a polygraph testing. The Security Service of Ukraine claimed that the psychological forensic examination with the use of the polygraph of MP Nadiya Savchenko confirmed her intentions of committing the coup d'état, particularly the commitment of the terrorist act in the governmental quarter and the Ukrainian Parliament.

Related: Case of Savchenko, Ruban on armed coup d'état attempt passed to another court

December 13, Kyiv Court postponed the consideration of Savchenko’s case due to her bad state of health. Savchenko stated that she had partial loss of hearing and vision.

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