17:50 25.10.2018

Court extends Savchenko's arrest until Dec 23

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Court extends Savchenko's arrest until Dec 23

Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court has extended until December 23 the arrest of Ukrainian MP Nadiia Savchenko, who is suspected of actions aimed at violently changing or overthrowing the constitutional order or seizing state power.

The court made such a decision at a meeting on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Savchenko's lawyers, who made a certain demarche on October 24, insisting that they were not given enough time and opportunity to study the materials of the criminal case. After their demand to recuse the judge was rejected, the lawyers did not appear at the remaining part of the meeting on Wednesday. The court decided to choose a state lawyer for Savchenko and moved the meeting to Thursday.

Savchenko and her lawyers are currently studying the materials of the so-called "Savchenko-Ruban case," the investigation into which was completed on August 1. On September 25, the Shevchenkivsky District Court refused to satisfy the petition of the prosecutor's office to give Savchenko and her lawyers 25 days to examine the materials.

Valentyn Rybin, the lawyer for the head of the Officer Corps prisoner release center, Volodymyr Ruban, has already completed familiarization with the case files, of which he notified investigators on August 30.

Savchenko has been in custody since March 23, 2018. On March 22, the Verkhovna Rada supported a motion from Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and agreed to prosecute, detain and arrest Savchenko.

Ruban was detained on March 8, 2018 at an entry and exit checkpoint in Donbas with an arsenal of weapons. He was carrying weapons from the occupied territory to the territory under Ukraine's control.

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