Interpol refuses to put Onyshchenko on wanted list – media

12:31, 04 May 2017
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Interpol has refused to put Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who is suspected of involvement in gas sale schemes, on wanted list, representative of the National Police Iaroslav Trakalo said, according to the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda.

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Trakalo claimed that the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files at the 99th session had decided not to put Onyshchenko on its list of wanted persons.

"This information was provided by the Ukrainian National Bureau of Interpol to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU)," the report said.

At the same time, Onyshchenko in his comments to the newspaper said that he knew nothing about Interpol's decision yet.

Read alsoUkraine's anti-graft agency: Interpol procrastinates decision on MP OnyshchenkoAs UNIAN reported earlier, NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office on June 15, 2016, announced they had revealed a criminal gang whose activity under contacts with PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya had caused damage to the state to the tune of over UAH 3 billion.

Proof collected during a pre-trial investigation shows that it is Onyshchenko who was the mastermind.

On July 5, the Verkhovna Rada agreed to allow criminal prosecution, detention, and arrest of Onyshchenko. Ahead of this move, having taken advantage of his parliamentary immunity, he fled Ukraine.

Twelve suspects were detained as part of the investigation. Five of them pleaded guilty to the charge and agreed to cooperate with investigators.

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