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 MP Onyshchenko claims political asylum in UK

People's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko says he has applied for political asylum in Great Britain.

He said it on air of 112 Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

"I have applied for political asylum, that is, there will be a trial based on their traditions, where I will prove that this is a political case. I have enough arguments, evidence and witnesses," Onyshchenko said.

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According to him, the application has already been responded to, while a few documentary issues are still pending.

"There will be a trial, and its duration will depend on the established rules," he added.

Earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) 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.

The NABU requested t he Prosecutor General's Office to lift the immunity of 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 people's deputy Onyshchenko.

The SAP submitted Onyshchenko's indictment for Lutsenko's approval July 14. However, the prosecutor general instructed the agency to revise it.
 
 
 
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