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Ukraine army pilot Savchenko’s complaint withdrawn from consideration on December 15

December 12, 2014, 11:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Savchenko’s complaint has been withdrawn from consideration on December 15 on the grounds of procedural faults, a court spokesperson Ulyana Solopova says
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Nadezhda Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko

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MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Moscow City Court announced on Friday it will not consider on December 15 a complaint against the extension of arrest of former Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, suspected of complicity to the death of two Russian journalists in June this year.

“Savchenko’s complaint has been withdrawn from consideration on December 15 on the grounds of procedural faults,” a court spokesperson Ulyana Solopova said. She added that the new date for the hearing will be set after the irregularities are remedied.

In late October, Moscow’s Basmanny Court extended Savchenko’s arrest for 3.5 months till February 13, 2015. In the complaint, Savchenko’s defense lawyers insisted that the court ruling was illegal and demanded that the client should be released from custody.

Savchenko was detained on the territory of Russia and was taken into custody in the city of Voronezh this summer. She is now staying in Moscow where she was escorted for a psychiatric examination.

During the military hostilities near eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk in June this year, Savchenko, a Mi-24 helicopter flight navigator, joined Ukraine’s volunteer Aidar battalion. According to Russian investigators, she calculated the location of two Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, and handed over the coordinates to mortar gunners who killed the journalists.

Savchenko won a seat at Verkhovna Rada in the October 26 parliamentary elections in Ukraine from Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna party. Her name topped the party’s electoral list.

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