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 MP Onyshchenko put on domestic wanted list, Interpol formalities underway, - Ukrainski Novyny

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has declared people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko (the Volia Narodu (People's Will) parliamentary group) a wanted person.

Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny quoting a source from anti-corruption bodies. As noted, the MP has been put on the domestic wanted list.

Additionally, NABU detectives and prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) are preparing documents for Interpol to put Onyshchenko on the international wanted list. This information has been confirmed by Deputy Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Volodymyr Kryvenko.

Read more: "Chances to extradite Onyshchenko good enough if he's in UK now," - Lutsenko

On March 16, the NABU raided the office of Oleksandr Onyshchenko. It stated the searches were carried out under the pre-trial investigation of criminal case initiated into abuse of office during the sale of natural gas extracted jointly with Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE.

Later, the NABU requested the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to lift the immunity of people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Moreover, the NABU and the PGO claim Onyshchenko is involved in embezzlement of 1.6 billion hryvnia (approx. $64.02 million).

On June 16, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko issued a motion requesting Verkhovna Rada's consent for criminal prosecution, detention, and pretrial confinement of Onyshchenko. On July 5, the parliament approved the detention and arrest of the people's deputy.

The suspect himself stated he was busy with the preparation for the upcoming Olympics and not going to react to NABU's actions. On July 29, Onyshchenko said he was in the UK and had applied for political asylum.
 
 
 
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