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Top prosecutor signs indictment for fugitive Ukrainian MP

The runaway MP is now officially wanted.

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has signed the indictment papers for Oleksandr Onishchenko three weeks after the Verkhovna Rada stripped him of parliamentary immunity, the press service of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office said on 27 July.

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office submitted the document to be signed to Lutsenko in mid-July, but the chief prosecutor returned it for revision due to a number of inaccuracies.

On July 5, the Verkhovna Rada has agreed to open criminal prosecution, detention and arrest of Onishchenko. National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office jointly drafted the indictment papers to the PGO

Onishchenko was reported to flee the country. Officially, he is a witness in criminal proceedings and will be persecuted only after the submission indictment in absentee and be put on the wanted list.

Onishchenko is charged of 3 billion hryvnia in embezzlement through gas extraction schemes. Investigators believe that the gas extracted by Onishchenko's companies jointly with state-owned Ukrgasdobycha was sold through fictitious commodity exchanges at a lower price, redeemed by Onishchenko-associated companies and sold at market prices.