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Savchenko, Ruban refuse to testify, - SBU

The investigation holds 13 expert studies of the weapons, ammunition, explosives, video- and audio-recordings, speeches and public messages
19:40, 16 April 2018

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MP Nadia Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban, the Head of ‘Officer Corps’ suspected in the preparation of the terrorist acts and coup d’état in Ukraine, refuse to testify, using their procedural rights as the SBU reported on Facebook.

‘At the moment, the suspected refuse to testify, using their procedural rights. The investigation has appointed and holds 13 expert studies of the weapons, ammunition, explosives, video- and audio-recordings, speeches and public messages, including forensic and forensic psychological on the check of the veracity of the testimony of Nadia Savchenko’, the message said.

Related: SBU confiscates pistol, PC server during search at Savchenko’s apartment

Moreover, SBU noted that the witnesses were questioned; the review and analysis of the documents and items confiscated at the place of work and residence of Ruban and Savchenko are held. They are checked for the involvement in the crimes in which they are suspected.

‘The preliminary investigation bodies and prosecutor’s office plan to finish the preliminary investigation in the reasonably prompt, taking into account the complexity of the criminal proceeding, volume and specification of the procedural actions and behavior of the participants of the criminal proceeding’, the message said.

Related: Questioning of Savchenko by polygraph canceled due to procedural irregularities

As we reported Shevchenkivsky Court of Kyiv decided on the preventive measures for Savchenko, which is custody for two months until May 20, 2018, without a right for a bail. Besides, the Court decided that the detention on March 22 was illegal. On March 29, the Appeal Court of Kyiv kept Savchenko’s arrest effective.

The same day the MP went on the hunger strike. She also emphasized that she is not going to escape from Ukraine. On April 12, Savchenko was transferred from the remand center to the hospital for the examination.

Related: Savchenko’s lawyer claims about recusal

On April 16, it was reported that Savchenko continued her hunger strike and polygraph was postponed until April 17.

On March 15,  Lutsenko claimed during his speech at the parliament that Savchenko personally planned, recruited and ordered how to hold the terrorist attack in the Verkhovna Rada, destroying two lodges, governmental and post, by the combat grenades, bringing down the dome of the Verkhovna Rada by the mortar launchers and killing the survived with the assault rifles.

Related: Prosecutor’s Office investigates possible involvement of Medvedchuk in Ruban, Savchenko activity

Also, it was reported that non-affiliated MP Nadia Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban, the Head of 'Officer Corps' planned to attack the cortege of the President of Ukraine with the large caliber sniper rifle. 

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