Ruban, Savchenko reluctant to testify in probe against them, - SBU

Head of Officer Corps Center for Prisoners Release Volodymyr Ruban and MP Nadia Savchenko are exercising their procedural right not to give testimony to the investigators developing their case.

"Exercising their procedural rights, the defendants so far refuse to give testimony to the investigators. Among other things, the investigators has scheduled and are conducting 13 expert studies of weapons, ammunition, explosives, video and audio, speeches and public calls, including forensic psychological examination to verify the veracity of Nadia Savchenko’s statements," Censor.NET reports referring to the press center of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

The investigators have already interviewed witnesses who, according to the SBU statement, disclosed critical information on the circumstances being investigated under this case. The documents and hard evidence seized at Ruban and Savchenko’s homes and offices are being checked as well as involvement of other persons in the crimes.

On March 22, the law enforcers served Savchenko with charge papers and detained her inside the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the presence of journalists after the parliament stripped her of immunity and sanctioned her detention and arrest. She was remanded in pretrial custody until May 20 in a bail hearing held on March 23 after which the lawmaker went on a hunger strike.

On March 21, the members of the Committee on Rules of Parliamentary Procedure and Support to Work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine unanimously upheld motions to detain, arrest, and bring to criminal responsibility non-affiliated MP Savchenko which were subsequently supported by the parliament's majority.

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On March 15, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko requested the Verkhovna Rada to strip MP Savchenko of immunity, detain and arrest her. The lawmaker is suspected of allegedly plotting an armed coup through acts of terrorism.

On March 12, Savchenko was summoned for questioning to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) due to an investigation in criminal proceedings against Volodymyr Ruban.

On March 8, Ruban was detained at a checkpoint in the Donbas with a batch of weapons. He was delivering these weapons from the occupied territory to the government-controlled part of the Donbas.

Ruban is suspected of plotting armed attacks on senior government officials, preparing a terrorist act with the use of weapons and explosives posing a threat to life and limb of people.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3061548