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MP Savchenko detained in parliament

MPs earlier stripped her of immunity from prosecution.

MP Savchenko detained in parliament
Nadiya Savchenko
Photo: Max Trebukhov

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained MP Nadiya Savchenko on the parliament sidelines.

"Based on the parliament resolution of 22 March 2018 on the stripping of the MP of immunity from prosecution, consent to bring her to criminal responsibility, detention and selection of a measure of pre-trial detention under Article 208 of the Criminal Procedural Code, I'm detaining you on suspicion of committing crimes under Article 109 Part 1 (collusion to seize power) of the Criminal Code, Article 14 Part 1, Article 28 p 3, Article 109 of the Criminal Code (preparations for violent seizure of power), Article 14 Part 1, Article 28 Part 2 of the Criminal Code (preparations for an attempt on the life of the president of Ukraine, MPs, the prime minister and other officials), Article 14 Part 1 and Article 258 Part 3 of the Criminal Code (creation of a terrorist organisation), and Article 258-3 Part 1 of the Criminal Code (abetting of the Donetsk People's Republic terrorist organisation)," an investigator said.

He suggested that they walk towards the SBU directorate in Kyiv.

Earlier in the day, parliament stripped Savchenko of immunity from prosecution and allowed her detention and arrest at the request of Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko. Lutsenko played video surveillance recordings showing Savchenko and ex-negotiator Volodymyr Ruban discussing plans to kill the country's president, prime ministers, uniformed agency heads and MPs during a one-day operation.

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