Zorkin: the case Savchenko cannot be considered by the jury


ST. PETERSBURG, February 25. The case of former Ukrainian army Hope Savchenko could not be considered by the jury, said the Chairman of the constitutional court (KS) Valery Zorkin.

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“Savchenko’s case we did not consider that her complaints were not… If it already is heard without a jury, it could not be reviewed again,” he told reporters.

February 25, the COP recognized the unconstitutional exclusion of women accused of criminal offences, the right to trial by jury. According to the court, depriving women of the jury “does not meet the principle of legal equality leads to discrimination and limits their right to judicial protection”. The court obliged the legislator to make changes to ensure women the right to a trial by jury in the law.

While women accused of murder part 2 of article 105 of the criminal code, “can apply for consideration of their cases by a jury, if at the time the judgment of the court session they had not appointed”.

The Case Of Hope Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko is accused of involvement in the murder of two employees VGTRK under Lugansk and illegal crossing of the border. Article Savchenko: part 2 of article 105 of the criminal code (“Murder”), part 3 of article 30, 2 of article 105 of the criminal code (“Attempt at murder”) and part 1 of article 322 of the criminal code (“Illegal border crossing”).

According to the investigation, as an officer of the armed forces of Ukraine, while the location of a paramilitary battalion “Aydar” on June 17, 2014 near the village of Metallist, Slavyanoserbsk district, Luhansk region Savchenko was conducting secret surveillance and correction of artillery fire on the area of the checkpoint of the militia LNR with him were civilians, including three citizens of the Russian Federation – correspondents VGTRK. The shelling of the VGTRK employees Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin were killed.