Prosecution demands 23 years in prison for Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

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The trial continues in the Russian city of Donetsk of the Rostov region, where an Ukrainian female pilot Nadiya Savchenko is accused of the murder of two Russian journalists. On Wednesday, March 2, the debate of the parties began, during which the state prosecutor asked the court to plead Savchenko guilty, and sentence her to 23 years in a penal colony.

The trial on captured Nadiya Savchenko began in September 2015. She is accused of “complicity in the murder of two or more persons performing their professional duty, in a dangerous way, motivated by political hatred, committed by a group of persons”. Moreover, Savchenko accused of illegally crossing the Russian border. Investigators say that she was detained in the Voronezh region.

Prosecutors called the aggravating circumstance “Savchenko’s active role in the murder”. According to the prosecution, Savchenko followed a group of civilians, with journalists of VGTRK among them. Later, this information was passed to the Aidar Battalion, which performed shelling that killed employees of the Russian state media holding VGTRK Anton Voloshin and Igor Kornelyuk.

Savchenko herself, speaking in court, told that she was detained in the Luhansk region of Ukraine even before the shelling was carried out. She was held in the gym on one of the separatists’ bases, and later on she was brought to the Russian territory, to the city of Voronezh. After the prosecutors, the lawyers of the defendant will perform in the debate, and then Nadiya Savchenko herself will have the final word.

Source: rfi.fr