Court resumed in session this morning 11:00 AM Moscow time. Unfortunately, my earlier source, “Novaya Gazeta” seems to have stopped doing their blow-by-blow live coverage in the timeline. Perhaps it was too many resources to spend in the distant city of Rostov-on-Don. Scouring around the Intertubes, I don’t see much. I guess I will have to wait until the day in court is over, and then scour around some more, for whatever tidbits.
In the meantime, this is pretty much all I have for now:
Hearing For Bail
Yesterday (October 5), there was just a brief hearing on a Defense motion essentially for bail. To quote the RAPSI piece in full, which is in English anyhow:
The Rostov Regional Court on Monday upheld the lower court’s ruling to extend the detention of Ukrainian military ex-pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who stands charged with involvement in the killing Russian journalists as well as civilians in Donbas, RIA Novosti reported.
Savchenko will stay in jail until January 2016.
During the court hearing Savchenko argued again that she is a PACE delegate and, therefore, has absolute immunity.
However, the Investigative Committee and Russian courts earlier considered that Savchenko doesn’t hold PACE immunity because she was elected as a delegated after being charged with a crime.
Savchenko was arrested in Russia last summer on charges of involvement in the murder of two Russian TV journalists during hostilities in Donbas and on illegally crossing the border into Russia.
TV correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on June 17 in a mortar attack.
Savchenko, who denies all the charges, is facing 25 years in prison.
Her attorneys claim that Savchenko was framed and that there is no evidence of involvement in the journalists’ murder. They also claim she did not cross the border voluntarily but was kidnapped.
Session Resumes With Defendant
Today, October 6, Court continues in session, with the Defendant present.
The main news, as Court opened, was an announcement by the judges, that one of the “victim witnesses” has just died: Irina Voloshina, the mother of the sound engineer Anton Voloshin. Recall that Anton is one of the victims with whose death Savchenko is charged. Anton’s mother, Irina, appeared as a “victim witness” in court in an earlier session. So, she must have died in just the past few days. The newspaper did not inform, what she has died of.
That’s about it for now. Will see if there is more this evening.