Court extends house arrest of Mikhail Savva by a further two months

posted 7 Feb 2014, 02:08 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Feb 2014, 02:10 ]
4 February 2014

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The Pervomaisky district court in Krasnodar did not release Mikhail Savva from house arrest (it could have imposed travel restrictions instead). He has been ordered to remain under house arrest until 4 April 2014.

Earlier, members of the Presidential Human Rights Council Elena Topoleva and Andrei Yurov informed Mikhail Savva’s lawyers of their readiness to stand surety for the defendant in support of the request that be released from house arrest in exchange for the imposition of travel restrictions. Despite the request of the defence and the sureties provided, the judge extended house arrest for Mikhail Savva, RIA Novosti reported, citing Elena Savva, the defendant’s spouse.

"Neither the court nor the prosecutor put forward any arguments as to why Mikhail Savva should remain under house arrest. The standard formula was used, that the circumstances that demand the imposition of house arrest had not changed,’ the news agency quoted Elena Savva as saying.

Earlier, the wife of human rights defender Mikhail Savva stated that those who had initiated the prosecution of her husband were intentionally drawing out the trial, the Agency of Social Information reported.