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Fugitive MP again fails to show up for questioning

Onishchenko's lawyers keep silence.

Fugitive MP again fails to show up for questioning
Oleksandr Onishchenko

Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Onishchenko again failed to show up for questioning by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the press-secretary of NABU Svetlana Olifira told Interfax-Ukraine.

Olifira said that none of Onishchenko's lawyers came to NABU to give reasons for his absence.

NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office on June 22 announced revealing the organizers of an embezzlement scheme in the extraction and sale of natural gas within cooperation agreements with the PSC Ukrgasdobycha, which resulted in about 3bn hryvnya damages to the state.

On July 5, Verkhovna Rada has allowed the detention and arrest of People's Deputy Onishchenko, who was seen as the main suspect in the gas scheme. On 27 July, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko signed the indictment papers against Onishchenko.

In the meantime, Onishchenko took advantage of his parliamentary immunity and left Ukraine.

On 29 July, he stated from London that he has applied for a residence permit in the UK and will ask for political asylum.

On 2 August, he did not show up for the first interrogation. NABU said that after a repeated failure to appear Onishchenko will be put on the wanted list.