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 Probe in Onyshchenko case to be finished by October as three more suspects take plea deal, - Kholodnytskyi

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) intends to present a full picture in the Onyshchenko case by September-October this year.

Deputy Prosecutor General and SAP chief Nazar Kholodnytskyi said on air of 5 Channel, Censor.NET reports.

"Three more suspects have agreed to take the plea bargain. Their agreements and evidence are being examined. The personal possessions of key suspects are being established. This is a complex process. But I think somewhere in late September-early October, we will be able to present a full picture, including testimony, sentences, all those statements leading us up the pyramid with Onyshchenko being on its top," Kholodnytskyi said.

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Earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau said that one of the suspects in the Onyshchenko case had agreed to take the plea deal, which came as a "signal for other suspects."

Even 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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