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 Fugitive Ukrainian MP Onyshchenko interviewed by SAP

Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) of Ukraine interviewed fugitive Verkhovna Rada Deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko (Volia Narodu parliamentary group).

This was announced by SAP Department Head Oleksandr Omelchenko, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

Read more: US Department of Justice has no plans to meet with Onyshchenko

"We finished questioning Onyshchenko literally 15 minutes ago," he said.

According to him, the deputy unilaterally interrupted the interview but expressed intention to resume it in the coming days. Omelchenko disclosed no additional details of the interview.

Read more: Probe into Onyshchenko case in home stretch, SAP's Kholodnytskyi says

Earlier, during today's videoconference, Onyshchenko said that NABU detectives intended to question him via Skype on Dec. 22. He also noted that he was going to provide NABU with evidence of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko's alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

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).

Read more: We know he has more than one passport, - Sytnyk on fugitive Onyshchenko

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.

Read more: MP Onyshchenko has records of Poroshenko discussing buying votes and Ukrhazvydobuvannia's shadow dividends, - Dzerkalo Tyzhnia

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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