Ex-Ukrainian pilot Savchenko to remain in detention until September 30
MOSCOW, August 27 (RAPSI) - The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld the detention of ex-Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who stands charged with complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
She will remain in jail until September 30.
Savchenko was arrested in Russia last summer on charges of involvement in the murder of two Russian TV journalists during hostilities in Donbas and on illegally crossing the border into Russia.
TV correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on June 17 in a mortar attack.
The Russian Investigative Committee singled out Savchenko’s case from a larger case of war crimes in Donbas and finished its investigation.
Savchenko who denies all the allegations is facing 25 years in prison.
Her attorneys also believe that Savchenko was framed and that there is no evidence that she was involved in the murder of the journalists. They also claim she did not cross the border voluntarily but was kidnapped.
The case against Savchenko will be considered by the Donetsk City Court in the Rostov Region. Earlier, the Rostov Regional Court on Friday maintained territorial jurisdiction over the case. The judge ruled that the case be heard at the location of the crime scene. The fact that various witnesses reside in Moscow and Voronezh cannot be considered a circumstance for transferring the case to Moscow. The judge also ruled that there are no grounds for preferring one specific area over another.