23.07.18 14:04

NABU summons runaway MP Onyshchenko for questioning. DOCUMENT (in Ukrainian)

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) summons for questioning fugitive member of Ukrainian parliament Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a person of interest in the so-called ‘gas case’.

NABU summons runaway MP Onyshchenko for questioning. DOCUMENT (in Ukrainian)

As reported by Censor.NET, the corresponding summons was posted on NABU’s website.

The summons instructs Oleksandr Onyshchenko to come to the NABU on July 26 at noon to testify as a suspect in criminal case No. 42015110000000121.

According to the summons, the failure to appear can be particularly justified by his detention, being in custody or service of sentence, force majeure circumstances like epidemics, military events, natural disasters, etc.; untimely receipt of the summons or sudden death of close relatives and the like.

The NABU explains that if the suspect fails to appear without good reason or does not report the reason for his non-appearance, he will be fined. It is also noted that the suspect can be forcefully brought for questioning.

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On March 16, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, 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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