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Savchenko's defense team may file complaint with ECHR

Savchenko's defense team may file complaint with ECHRLawyer Mark Feygin, plans together with his British colleague, Ben Emmerson, to lodge a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the case of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.

"I also want to say that I am holding talks with my British colleague, Ben Emmerson, to jointly file a complaint with the ECHR over the Savchenko case," the lawyer wrote on his Twitter microblog.

Savchenko has been held in Russian custody since July 2014 after being kidnapped by Russia-backed separatists and illegally taken across the Ukrainian border.

Read also: Savchenko unlikely to be returned to Ukraine within month – lawyer

On March 22, 2016, the Donetsk Court of the Rostov region found Savchenko guilty of killing Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk, and Anton Voloshin, by a group of people by a previous concert on hatred and enmity motives, and sentenced her to 22 years in a penal colony. The court also found her guilty of attempted murder and illegally crossing the Russian border.

The sentence went into effect on April 5. The next day, Savchenko began a dry hunger strike, demanding an immediate return to her homeland.

Savchenko decided to stop her hunger strike after a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
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