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 Onyshchenko brought money to Presidential Administration, Liashko says

Radical Party leader Oleh Liashko claims that the current government allowed people's deputy (Volia Narodu faction) Oleksandr Onyshchenko to engage in corruption schemes.

He said it in the Verkhovna Rada during the debate on granting permission for Onyshchenko's criminal prosecution, apprehension, and arrest, Censor.NET reports.

"Let us recall how the ecology minister was voted here. It wouldn't had happened if not for Onyshchenko, who went to the Presidential Administration and got everything arranged.

"I'll tell you more: every time I came to the president as the faction leader, I met Onyshchenko there. I ask you what this corrupt MP did in the president's office? Is it a secret that the gas business is of common interest to President Poroshenko, his business partner Kononenko, and Onyshchenko, who has brought money to Bankova Street during all these years? The task of the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the anti-corruption prosecutor is to find everyone who is linked to Onyshchenko," Liashko said.

Watch more: Parliament upholds apprehension and arrest of people's deputy Onyshchenko. VIDEO

He also mentioned that Onyshchenko, "following the instructions of the president, tried to bribe Radical Party deputies."

"Here is another fact. In January 2015, I went to Prime Minister Yatseniuk and blocked the appointment of Onyshchenko's assistant head of Derzhheonadra [the State Service for Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine - ed.]. Do you know who was the first to call me and ask not to block the appointment? It was President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. We met five times on this issue and he convinced me all the way that Onyshchenko was a good guy and that everything would get done. By the way, this was going on during the Debaltseve encirclement," the MP noted.

Read more: Onyshchenko not in Ukraine, Special Anti-corruption prosecutor says

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.

On July 5, the parliament approved detention and arrest of the people's deputy Onyshchenko.
 
 
 
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