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Nadiya Savchenko to remain in custody until September 30

The Moscow City Court has extended the period of detention of the Ukrainian pilot and people"s deputy Nadiya Savchenko until September 30.

Nadiya Savchenko to remain in custody until September 30

By his decision the judge Pavel Melekhin granted the request of the Investigative Committee, Savchenko will remain in custody until September 30. The judge found the position of the Investigative Committee regarding the need to complete the procedure of familiarization with the case of Savchenko as reasonable. He believes that only custody can provide Savchenko's participation in this procedure and the future trial, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

"Savchenko has no housing, job and sustainable relations in the Russian Federation, and the court shall take into account that she is accused of a particularly serious crime," Melekhin said.

Responding to the statement of the lawyers regarding Savchenko's immunity as an MP of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the judge Melekhin said that this had no relation to the accused due to the fact that she had received this status after the initiation of proceedings and detention.

The court's decision has not yet entered into force. After the announcement of the decision, the lawyer Ilya Novikov announced his intention to appeal to the Supreme Court of Russia.

Also Novikov told the judge that the Security Service of Ukraine was planning to issue an international wanted notice for the judges involved in the case of Savchenko. According to the lawyer, "the judge Melekhin had nervous reaction." "I had to explain that this was not a threat, and in general, I believe that there is no point to threaten and put pressure on an honest judge," the lawyer said.