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 Interpol refused to put fugitive MP Onyshchenko on wanted list, - lawyer

Interpol refused to issue an international arrest warrant towards the Ukrainian people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko.

This was announced by MP's lawyer Oleh Ishchenko, Censor.NET reports citing Glavcom.

"Has the Ukrainian party submitted documents to the Interpol? Yes, but we were refused. Do you want to know the reasons? Interpol believes that this case is a political persecution, so they decided not to issue an international arrest warrant," he said.

According to Ishchenko, the refusal decision was taken about six months ago.

"I have not held the letter in my hands. The London lawyers received the letter and transmitted this information to me verbally ," the lawyer said.

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On March 16, the NABU raided the office of 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 remove the immunity from people's deputy Onyshchenko. Moreover, the NABU and the PGO claim Onyshchenko is involved in embezzlement of 1.6 billion hryvnia (approx. $64.02 million).

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On June 16, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko issued a motion requesting Verkhovna Rada's consent for criminal prosecution, arrest, and pre-trial detention of Onyshchenko. On July 5, the parliament approved the detention and arrest of the lawmaker.

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 U.K. and had applied for political asylum.

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On Dec. 1, 2016, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced it suspected fugitive MP Onyshchenko of high treason. As noted, the MP acquired Russian citizenship in exchange for cooperation with Russian authorities to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. On the same day, Onyshchenko said he had provided compromising materials against President Poroshenko to the U.S. intelligence.
 
 
 
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