"Today, Dovhyi was summoned for questioning as a witness in the criminal case initiated into the allegations on corruption among the lawmakers voiced by MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko in an interview with the foreign media. However he did not show up to the NABU on time," Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the NABU via ZN.UA.
Head of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytskyi urged Oles Dovhyi on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel to give NABU his testimony in the case into "Onyshchenko tapes".
"Let him come and testify, or he may use the right to refuse to give testimony. That's his right. But I cannot emphasize enough: stop turning the investigative activities into a TV show with the interviews on camera. This will have significant negative consequences. We will be unable to achieve objectivity of the case and deliver useful results. Therefore the investigation should not be turned into the TV series about Lieutenant Columbo," Kholodnytskyi said.
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).
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.
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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