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 Participant in Onyshchenko's "gas schemes" detained in Montenegro on Interpol BOLO, - SAP

April 7, 2017, citizen of Ukraine I. Musiienko was detained at Podgorica Airport in Montenegro on suspicion of involvement in the so-called "gas schemes" of fugitive Ukrainian MP Onyshchenko.

Censor.NET reports citing a Facebook message by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP).

Musiienko is suspected of committing a number of criminal offenses under part 1 of article 255, part 4 of article 28, part 5 of article 91, part 4 of article 28, part 2 of article 205, part 4 of article 28, part 3 of article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

At present, SAP is taking all possible measures to have I. Musiienko extradited to Ukraine for bringing her to criminal liability.

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According to SAP, Musiienko left the territory of Ukraine on June 15, 2016 - the day of the first arrests of participants in the "gas schemes" - and has not returned since then. On Aug. 13, 2016, she was charged with committing criminal offenses and put on the wanted list.

Read more: NABU chief says fugitive MP Onyshchenko might be tried in absentia

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.

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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