14:30 26.09.2018

Kyiv court declines prosecutors' motion to limit time for Savchenko, lawyers to read case materials

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Kyiv court declines prosecutors' motion to limit time for Savchenko, lawyers to read case materials

Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court has declined prosecutors' motion to limit the time given to Ukrainian parliamentarian Nadiia Savchenko and her lawyers to read the case materials.

The court began considering the issue on September 19.

The prosecutors had asked the court to limit the period in question to 25 calendar days in the so-called Savchenko-Ruban case. The two are suspected of trying to change or overthrow the constitutional system or seize state power by force.

Oleksandr Tananakin, a lawyer for Savchenko, told Interfax-Ukraine earlier that that period of time would be insufficient.

On August 1, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said the investigation into the case had been completed.

Valentyn Rybin, a lawyer for Volodymyr Ruban, told Interfax-Ukraine he had finished reading the case materials, of which he notified the investigators on August 30.

Savchenko has been in custody since March 23. On March 22, the Verkhovna Rada supported the recommendations of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and authorized the prosecution, detention, and arrest of Savchenko. She is suspected of trying to change or overthrow the constitutional system or seize state power by force, trying to kill statesmen and public figures, preparing to carry out a terrorist attack, creating a terrorist group or terrorist organization, and handling weapons, munitions, or explosives illegally.

Ruban was detained in possession of a weapons arsenal in Donbas on March 8.

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