Confusion over Savchenko trial

Confusion over Savchenko trial
By Catherine Hardy with Reuters
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Earlier guilty verdict disputed by those in court

  • Savchenko on trial over the killing of two journalists
  • Will be sentenced on Tuesday
  • Critics talk of a “show trial”

What has happened?

#UPDATE Ukraine pilot Savchenko found guilty of Russian journalist killings

— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 21, 2016


The trial of Ukranian pilot Nadia Savchenko is currently mired in confusion.

Earlier reports from the court in Donetsk said the Ukranian pilot had been found guilty of complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists.

But lawyers for Savchenko say the judge is still summing up and the verdict has not yet been delivered.

Remember Igor Kornelyuk & Anton Voloshin, russian #journalists, killed by #Ukraine's shelling #onthisday 1 year ago

— rui borges (@homo_viator) June 17, 2015

Prosecutors told the court the 34-year-old ordered the rounds of mortar fire that killed two Russian state TV journalists in eastern Ukraine, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin

Her defence team, however, say telephone records prove she was captured by pro-Russian rebel forces before the incident in which the journalists were killed.

She was then handed over to the Russian authorities.

Savchenko, who is on hunger strike, has denied any wrongdoing.

How long a sentence will Savchenko get?

The court in Donetsk is awaiting the verdict.

The sentence will be announced on Tuesday.

Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Savchenko to 23 years in prison if convicted.

A show trial?

The case is a major source of tension between Russia and Ukraine.

Savchenko has become a national hero for many in Ukraine.

Nadiya Savchenko: Ukraine's lionised and demonised fighter

— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) March 20, 2016

Savchenko’s supporters gather in Ukraine > Federica #Mogherini encouraged #Russia to release Nadiya #Savchenko

— 112 News (@112NewsFeed) March 10, 2016

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has urged Russia to free Savchenko. > US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power demands Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko's release.

— Ukrainian News (@24todayneteng) September 24, 2015

US Ambassador the UN Samantha Power has called for Savchenko’s release. > Symbolic? tvrain</a> in Donetsk says Russ state media reported Savchenko guilty before verdict announced <a href="">leonidragozin

— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) March 21, 2016

Critics suggest Russian media announced the verdict before it was delivered in court.

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