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Ukraine’s Prosecutor’s Office not to drop charges against Savchenko, Ruban

Their release means the severe illness of the judicial system of Ukraine, - Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko
14:51, 16 April 2019

Ukraine’s member of parliament Nadiya Savchenko and the former leader of Officer Corps Centre Volodymyr Ruban
Radio Liberty

The Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine will not drop the charges against Nadia Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban as Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko reported on Facebook.

“The release from detention at the preparatory court session does not mean the dismissal of the charges. The Prosecutor General’s Office insists on the sufficiency of the evidence that Savchenko and Ruban committed the crimes. I am sure that the delivery of the weapons from the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic, - 112.international) for the shelling of the Ukrainian capital will not be left unpunished,” he stated.

The Prosecutor General noted that the choice of the restrictive measure or its absence is the exclusive competence of the course; however, the fact that the suspects in the terrorism avoid the arrest is the sign of the structural problems of the judicial system of Ukraine.

“The number of the recent resonant court’s decision, when the suspects in the murder and terrorism avoid the arrest forces to recognize the judicial system as seriously ill. The first reason is that the manipulations with the endless change of the lawyers are allowed by law. Savchenko had eight paid and one free lawyer from the state. The draft law for the elimination of such abuses is at the Verkhovna Rada for a long time,” the prosecutor said.

Related: Ruban - Savchenko case passed to Supreme Court

The 40% lack of judges in Ukraine was called the second reason. Due to this, the recusal of the judge causes the necessity to change the jurisdiction of the case.

“The number of changes of the courts on Savchenko-Ruban case with the roller coaster of the recusals at each stage impresses: the Supreme Court – Chernihiv regional court – Chernihiv Appeal Court – Supreme Court – Solomenksy district court – Kyiv Appeal Court – Supreme Court – Kyiv Appeal Court – Darnytsky district court – Kyiv Appeal Court – Brovary district court,” Lutsenko reminded.

“Reason number three is reluctance of some judges to carry out their work. It is hard to call recusal than the retrenchment as someone of the relatives of the judge lives at the occupied territory,” he emphasized.

Related: Savchenko-Ruban case passed to Brovary City Court of Kyiv Region

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 the 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.

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.

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

On April 16, 2019, Brovarsky District Court ruled to release Volodymyr Ruban and Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko.

Savchenko will return to work on April 23 as the plenary session begins at the Verkhovna Rada.

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