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 MP Onishchenko willfully eluded questioning in gas fraud case, - NABU

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau failed to interview on Friday Verkhovna Rada MP Oleksandr Onishchenko (Volia Narodu group).

A source within the bureau told Ukrainski Novyny, Censor.NET reports.

"After a detective as per statute elaborated on the reasons for summoning, including criminal proceedings under which he [Onishchenko - ed.] was summoned to testify as a witness, the order of questioning, procedural rights, obligations of a witness, and criminal liability, Onishchenko said he had no time to testify through the need to hurry for a parliamentary session. After that, he willfully left the place," the source said.

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As reported, a detective called Onishchenko and invited him for questioning, after which the MP arrived at a specified time.

Onishchenko was summoned for questioning in the case of inflicting losses on the state in the amount of UAH 500 million (approx. $18.72 million) in the extraction of natural gas in 2014-2015 by companies associated with Onishchenko and connected with Ukrhasvydobuvannia [state-owned gas producer - ed.] by joint operation agreements.

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