Censor.NET reports citing a journalist for Nashi Hroshi project who attended the court hearing to impose pre-trial restriction against another suspect in the case.
Former CEO of Nadra Heocenter LLC and Karpatnadrainvest Serhii Svichenko spent six months under house arrest. The Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the pre-trial house arrest cannot exceed six months.
Therefore, NABU detectives filed a motion to impose another pre-trial restriction on Svichenko in February. The court ruled to place him in pre-trial custody if he fails to post 20 million hryvnia (over $740,000) in bail within five days. However, Svichenko has posted no bail so far and his current whereabouts are unknown.
Svichenko is suspected of having committed a grave crime punishable by 7-12 years in prison with confiscation of property and ban to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities.
According to investigators, Svichenko submitted bids to the commodity exchanges controlled by Onyshchenko's crime ring for sale of underpriced natural gas jointly produced by Nadra Heocenter LLC, Karpatnadrainvest LLC and Company HAS LLC with Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE. The losses incurred by this corrupt practice amount to 740 million hryvnia.
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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