Russian prosecutors dismiss complaint over venue change denial in Savchenko case
MOSCOW, September 1 (RAPSI) – Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has found legal a territorial jurisdiction of a case against ex-Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who stands charged with complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, RIA Novosti has reported.
The case against Savchenko will be considered by the Donetsk City Court in the Rostov Region. Earlier, the Rostov Regional Court on Friday maintained territorial jurisdiction over the case. The judge ruled that the case be heard at the location of the crime scene. The fact that various witnesses reside in Moscow and Voronezh cannot be considered a circumstance for transferring the case to Moscow. The judge also ruled that there are no grounds for preferring one specific area over another.
TV correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on June 17 in a mortar attack.
The Russian Investigative Committee singled out Savchenko’s case from a larger case of war crimes in Donbas and finished its investigation.
Savchenko who denies all the allegations is facing 25 years in prison.
Her attorneys also believe that Savchenko was framed and that there is no evidence that she was involved in the murder of the journalists. They also claim she did not cross the border voluntarily but was kidnapped.