Censor.NET correspondent reports from the courtroom.
The court has partially Granted the request by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. The prosecution demanded the bail to be set at the amount of 50 million hryvnia.
MP Nadiia Savchenko was present at the June 16 trial. She was asking the court to release Postnyi on her bail, but the court refused. The prosecutor in the case said Postnyi might hide from justice as long as he has permanent residence status in Germany, as well as impact other case defendants.
Prosecutor Roman Symkiv said Postnyi was arrested the latest of all suspects in the case, in summer 2016, as he was simulating a disease. The conclusion of the simulation was made by a forensic examination expert.
Postnyi uses a wheelchair and says he cannot walk over a serious surgery on his backbone.
Postnyi was taken into custody on Aug. 3, 2016 with a bail of 250 million hryvnia. In April 2017 the court decreased the bail amount to 50 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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