Censor.NET reports citing the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) press service.
"In less than six months after the termination of the "gas scheme," the income of Ukrhazvydobuvannia PJSC reached 162.332 million hryvnia ($5.998 million), which is five times as much as in almost three years of public company's joint activity with Onyshchenko's entities. The public enterprise started to actively receive money on its accounts after the court ruled to terminate agreements with Onyshchenko-controlled enterprises: Nadra Heotsentr Ltd, HAS Firm Ltd and Pryrodni Resursy + Ltd. Nearly three years of cooperation with these entities earned Ukrhazvydobuvannia PJSC just 25.158 million hryvnia ($929,581)," the statement reads.
The NABU reminded that the court's decision to terminate the agreements was based on materials collected by bureau's detectives as part of a pre-trial investigation against Onyshchenko and other persons suspected of criminal offenses under a number of articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On March 16, the NABU raided the office of Oleksandr Onyshchenko. It stated the searches were carried out under the pre-trial investigation 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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