As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, Prosecutor Oleksandr Bannyk petitioned for extension of MP Savchenko’s pretrial custody without bail option. It is noteworthy that lawyer Oleksandr Shadrin, whom Savchenko waived the other day, is sitting next to the lawmaker’s public defender Yulia Tkach appointed yesterday.
Moreover, MP Serhii Melnychuk showed up at the hearing and said that he was willing to stand bail for Savchenko.
Savchenko supporters, her mother and sister are also present in the courtroom.
Prior to the court session, journalists asked Savchenko how she felt in connection with the hunger strike she went on three weeks ago.
"How do I look? Well? That's how I feel! And, please ask no more dumb questions!" Savchenko replied.
On May 11, Savchenko’s two lawyers - Oleh Solovii and Dmytro Buhai - recused themselves from her case. In early April, lawyer Viktor Chevhuz also withdrew from Savchenko case saying that he and his client had different views on how to defend her.
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.
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.