19:12 Apr. 4, 2016
The Ukrainian fighter pilot will not appeal against the Russian court's guilty verdict
Ukrainian fighter pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko has decided not to appeal against the guilty verdict issued by the Donetsk City Court in Russia's Rostov Region.
This is stated in her letter, published by Savchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin on Twitter.
"I have made the final decision not to appeal against my verdict issued by the (Russian) Donetsk City Court because I think it is pointless and find my sentence illegitimate and unfair" wrote Savchenko.
Вышли от Нади из СИЗО-3. Она отказалась подавать аппеляционную жалобу. В России нет суда, пустая трата времени... pic.twitter.com/xKFI9Z6ykY— Mark Feygin (@mark_feygin) April 4, 2016
"She has refused to appeal against the verdict. There are no just courts in Russia, it is a waste of time", said Feygin, after visiting Savchenko. "Nadiya has stopped eating baby food, she only drinks water", added the lawyer.
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court. Judges found her guilty on charges of complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists and of crossing the Russian border illegally. For the duration of her case, her legal team have said the charges are fabricated and a guilty verdict was a foregone conclusion.
Nadiya Savchenko earlier said she will stop drinking water (resuming the so-called 'dry' hunger strike) from April 6 – the day after the verdict comes into force. She has refused to be transported from the pre-trial detention centre to any location, except for Ukraine.
"I will regard any physical force, moral and psychological pressure as torture, and I will resist!" Savchenko writes in her letter.
Savchenko also demands she be examined by physicians from Ukraine or Europe and wants to be able to see her family, friends, lawyer and consuls.
К сожалению, Вере не удалось после нас с Полозовым отговорить Надю от сухой голодовки. 6 апреля она начинает! pic.twitter.com/zD3xx4UwuI— Mark Feygin (@mark_feygin) April 4, 2016