21 October 2016

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Fugitive MP Onyshchenko in Britain: Not enough grounds for extradition

Fugitive Ukrainian Member of Parliament Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who is wanted by the Ukrainian police on charges of involvement in a scam with a gas production company, said Ukrainian prosecutors have little grounds for his extradition from Britain.

Fugitive Ukrainian Member of Parliament Oleksandr Onyshchenko is now in London / Photo from UNIAN
Fugitive Ukrainian Member of Parliament Oleksandr Onyshchenko is now in London / Photo from UNIAN

"Mr. Prosecutor won't manage to push, press the British jurisdiction," he wrote on Facebook.

He claimed that he is not avoiding a meeting with Ukrainian prosecutors and is ready to cooperate with them, but in London.

As UNIAN reported earlier, newly created anti-graft agencies in Ukraine, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, announced in June 2016 that they had exposed a criminal gang, which had caused damage to the state to the tune of over UAH 3 billion. The criminals concluded bogus deals with gas producer PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia. The scam was allegedly initiated by MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko, according to the NABU.

King’s schemes. Charges against OnyshchenkoOn July 5, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada gave the nod for Onyshchenko's arrest, but he had already fled the country using his parliamentary immunity. He is currently staying in London.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has signed a document to serve Onyshchenko with charges and the NABU has already summoned him twice, but he has failed to appear.

On August 5, NABU agents said they were preparing documents to forcedly bring Onyshchenko to court and after a court ruling he could be put on Ukrainian and international wanted lists.

On August 9, Kyiv's Solomiansky district court ruled on Onyshchenko's pre-trial detention.

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