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Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to stay under arrest till Feb 13 — court

October 27, 2014, 17:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Savchenko is accused of complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists near Luhansk last July
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Nadezhda Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Moscow’s Basmanny Court has prolonged the arrest of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko till February 13. Savchenko is held responsible for complicity in the death of Russian journalists near Luhansk last summer.

“Having studied the presented materials and heard the arguments of the sides the court arrived at the conclusion that the investigator’s request for remanding Savchenko in custody till February 13, 2015 shall be sustained,” Judge Valentina Levashova’s verdict runs.

The term of investigation has been prolonged accordingly till February 13.

Savchenko, a citizen of Ukraine, is accused of complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists near Luhansk last July. She was detained in Russian territory and remanded in custody in Voronezh. Lately, she was brought to Moscow for psychiatric examination.

According to the investigation, during hostilities near Luhansk last July Savchenko, the navigator-operator of a Mi-24 helicopter, joined the Aidar battalion. She spotted the location of a group of Russian journalists from the VGTRK television channel and other civilians near Luhansk and transmitted the coordinates to a mortar battery. The mortar shell fired at the target killed two members of the Russian camera crew - Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.

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