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 NABU hopes UK to change its standard practice and extradite Onyshchenko to Ukraine

The United Kingdom should change its usual practice and hand over MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko, charged of corruption, to Ukrainian law enforcers.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, this was said by Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at a briefing today.

"We are now on the home straight. There is a considerable amount of materials to be translated in order to submit to the Interpol. This translation is almost completed and we are going to officially file them (papers - Ed.) to the Interpol," Sytnyk said.

However, according to the NABU head, he learnt that the United Kingdom had virtually never extradited people before.

Read more: Onyshchenko wanted in Ukraine, international arrest warrant expected this week, SAP's Kholodnytskyi says

"But I hope that the fact that NABU is a newly created body, with UK's large contribution to its establishment and development, may become a reason to change this practice," Sytnyk stressed.

"And, secondly, a great number of assets have been attached under this case, including funds and movable and immovable property. And the Verkhovna Rada was submitted amendments regarding special investigation against a suspect in absentia, which it subsequently adopted. Therefore, even if we assume that the attempts to bring him back come to nothing, although we will take steps to launch the extradition process to the last, it will be possible to return the funds in the budget," Sytnyk explained.

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

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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