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 Onyshchenko wanted in Ukraine, international arrest warrant expected this week, SAP’s Kholodnytskyi says

Members of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) intend to hold a meeting with the director of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) for Ukraine in the near future to address the issue of putting Ukrainian MP (Volia Narodu parliamentary faction) Oleksandr Onyshchenko on the international wanted list.

Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, SAP Head Nazar Kholodnytskyi said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports.

"He has already been put on the domestic wanted list. We expect that he will be also put on the international wanted list this week, which we will submit [papers] for. I think we will be meeting with the director of the Interpol NCB for Ukraine either tomorrow or the day after, and he will be put on the international wanted list," Kholodnytskyi informed.

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

He also said that the SAP and NABU had agreed to cooperate with law enforcement authorities of Latvia, in particular, with regard to Onyshchenko's funds in Latvian banks.

"It was a joint working visit with NABU Director Artem Sytnyk. I believe we have agreed upon significant future co-operation with the Latvian law enforcement agencies," Kholodnytskyi said.

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).

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

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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