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Parliament strips MP of immunity

Lawmakers give green light to his arest.

Parliament strips MP of immunity
Photo: Oleksandr Onyshchenko

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has supported the request by Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko to give its consent to criminal prosecution, detention and arrest of MP Oleksandr Onyschenko of the People's Will parliamentary group.

The parliament on Tuesday voted separately on three positions: for criminal prosecution of Onyschenko - 275 votes, for his detention – 265, and for his arrest – 263.

Onyschenko was absent from the parliamentary session hall.

Onyshchenko is charged of inflicting 3 billion hryvnia in damages to the state in gas extraction and sale schemes. Prosecutors claim believe that the gas extracted by Onyshchenko companies jointly with the state-owned company Ukrgasvydobuvannya was sold through fictitious commodity exchanges at a low price and then redeemed by associated companies and sold at the market

On June 16, prosecutors filed a submission to the Verkhovna Rada requesting to lift Onyshchenko of parliamentary immunity.