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 Onyshchenko not in Ukraine, Special Anti-corruption prosecutor says

Today, July 5, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will vote on the presentation by Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), which includes lifting of immunity, detention, and arrest of the Volia Narodu MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko. The voting will include three bills, one on each item of the presentation.

This was announced by Head of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Kholodnytskyi on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada, Censor.NET informs.

He said the rules of conduct of the parliament stipulate for a presentation to be voted on each of its articles separately. However, the presentation by the PGO (on lifting the immunity, detention, and arrest) remains a single one. He called all the talks on the issue "just a reason not to vote."

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Answering a question whether Onyshchenko is in Ukraine, Kholodnytskyi said: "According to the most recent data, Onyshchenko is not in Ukraine. He's not in Vienna either, as they were saying. I cannot say much, but I will. No one flies to Vienna via Minsk."

Kholodnytskyi also noted that a draft notice of suspicion to Onyshchenko has been prepared.

See more: Onyshchenko travels to Russia on backdrop of forthcoming voting to strip him of parliamentary immunity. PHOTO

Earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine raided the office of MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko March 16. The NABU stated that the searches were carried out under the pretrial investigation of criminal case initiated into abuse of office during sale of the natural gas jointly extracted with Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE.

Prosecutor General's Office received a motion of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to lift the immunity of the people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko in June.

On June 16, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko drafted a motion requesting the Verkhovna Rada's consent for criminal prosecution, detention, and pretrial confinement of MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko. The Procedural Committee of the parliament allowed considering the withdrawal of parliamentary immunity of MP Onyshchenko on June 29.
 
 
 
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