Asked by ZN.UA news website to comment on the fact of Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko's alleged passing incriminating evidence against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the United States' secret services, the U.S. Embassy said it's important to note that all information comes from one certain person, Censor.NET reports.
The embassy stressed it's important to consider the source, and that they do not comment on law enforcement issues.
The diplomatic office says it could only refer the media to the Department of Justice of the United States to get a relevant commentary on the matter.
On March 16, the NABU raided the office of Oleksandr Onyshchenko. It stated the searches were carried out under the pre-trial investigation into abuse of office during the sale of natural gas extracted jointly with Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE.
Later, the NABU requested the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to lift the immunity of people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Moreover, the NABU and the PGO claim Onyshchenko is involved in embezzlement of 1.6 billion hryvnia (approx. $64.02 million).
On June 16, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko issued a motion requesting Verkhovna Rada's consent for criminal prosecution, detention, and pretrial confinement of Onyshchenko. On July 5, the parliament approved the detention and arrest of the people's deputy.
The suspect himself stated he was busy with the preparation for the upcoming Olympics and not going to react to NABU's actions. On July 29, Onyshchenko said he was in the UK and had applied for political asylum.
On Dec. 1, 2016, Security Service of Ukraine said it suspected fugitive MP Onyshchenko of the high treason. SBU says the MP acquired Russian citizenship in exchange for cooperation with Russian authorities to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. On the same day, the MP said he passed incriminating evidence against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the U.S. secret services.
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