Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko told journalists that the PGO was going to serve notice of suspicion to Opposition Bloc faction MP Vadym Novynskyi in the near future to subsequently refer his case to the court, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"As for Novynskyi, we collected a very important evidence of attempts to poison His Beatitude Volodymyr ( late Metropolitan of Ukraine's Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Volodymyr Sabodan - Interfax-Ukraine) and initiated additional probe. This has somewhat delayed the overall progress of the investigation. We plan to announce suspicion to Mr Novynskyi soon and subsequently refer his case to the court. I think we are talking about several months (before trial - Ed.)," Lutsenko told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Earlier, Lutsenko published a photocopy of the request to the Verkhovna Rada to allow the prosecution of MP Novynskyi. The PGO says Novynskyi is suspected of kidnapping people and abuse of power together with Ukraine's former top-ranking public officials (Yanukovych, Zakharchenko, Koriak).
The Verkhovna Rada procedural committee postponed the review of the above request until the PGO provided more materials.
On Dec. 6, the committee said that it was up to MPs to decide whether to deprive Novynskyi of the immunity.
The parliament stripped Novynskyi of the immunity on Dec. 8, 2016.