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Court refuses to consider Ukraininan pilot's Nadezhda Savchenko complaint in her absence

October 13, 2014, 19:10 UTC+3
Savchenko, standing trial in Russia on the suspicion of her involvement in killing of Russian journalists in Ukraine, filed a complaint against decision for her examination at a psychiatric hospital
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MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/. Moscow’s Basmanny court has refused to consider a complaint filed by Nadezhda Savchenko, a citizen of Ukraine standing trial in Russia on the suspicion of her involvement in killing of Russian journalists in Ukraine, against her investigator’s decision for her examination at a psychiatric hospital because she was absent from the court room.

“The session has been postponed till 14:30 of November 11 for bringing the accused to court,” the court’s press-secretary Anna Fadeyeva said.

The legality of whether the psychiatric examination at a special hospital was ordered for a good reason will be considered by the court after the examination itself.

In early July, the Investigative Committee charged Savchenko with involvement in murder of two reporters, who worked for the Russian VGTRK TV corporation in Ukraine.

Russian investigators said Savchenko, who was arrested in summer after illegally entering the Russian territory, joined the Aidar battalion during combat operations near the city of Luhansk in June. Locating the positions of the Russian TV crew and other civilians near Luhansk, she passed them on to the military that opened mortar fire on the group of people, which resulted in the killing of the Russian reporters Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in mid-June.

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