16:44 15.05.2018

Court extends Savchenko's arrest for two months

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Court extends Savchenko's arrest for two months

Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court has extended the measure of restraint in the form of detention for Ukrainian MP Nadiia Savchenko until July 13.

According to an Interfax-Ukraine reporter, at a session on Tuesday the court granted a respective petition from Ukraine's Chief Military Prosecutor's Office.

It was reported that on March 22, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada granted the prosecutor general's recommendation and gave its consent to prosecute, detain, and arrest Savchenko.

Savchenko is suspected of preparations to violently change or dismantle the constitutional system or for the seizure of power, preparations for assassinating a statesperson or a public figure, preparations for a terrorist attack, the establishment of a terrorist group or a terrorist organization, and the illegal handling of weapons, ammunition, or explosives.

Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court ruled on March 23 to place Savchenko under arrest pending trial for 59 days, until May 20. Savchenko announced a hunger strike on the same day.

On March 29, the Kyiv Appeals Court turned down an appeal lodged by Savchenko's defense team contesting the Shevchenkivsky District Court's ruling on taking her into pretrial custody.

Savchenko underwent a forensic psychological evaluation and a lie detector test on April 17.

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