Head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) Artem Sytnyk does not exclude the possibility of questioning Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko into the criminal case concerning MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko records.
“It can not be excluded,” he said on the air of Channel 5, answering the question of possible questioning of the Ukrainian president as part of this case in view of Onyshchenko’s statements.
According to Sytnyk, the court’s decision in this case depends on Onyshchenko’s arrest and extradition to Ukraine, as the process of extradition from the UK takes a fairly long time.
He pointed out that Interpol has not put Onyshchenko on international wanted list, despite the fact the materials involving him were sent a long time ago.
“We still perceive his statements solely as his intention to politicize his criminal investigation aiming to divert public attention from the fact that Hr three billion’s damage was caused to the state, and this is his main motive,” the NABU director said.
Sytnyk added that NABU did not receive materials from Onyshchenko himself in the form of evidence or any other records. The bureau has no official information on his testimony to foreign intelligence services.
As reported, Onyshchenko is suspected of organizing a scheme to steal money from the natural gas production and sale projects with Ukrgazvydobuvannia, resulting in around Hr three billion in losses to the state. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced the start of pretrial investigation against People’s Deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko who was placed on the national wanted list on grounds of treason.
In December 2016 Onyshchenko accused the Poroshenko administration of “buying” votes in parliament against him and other MPs. According to the media, Onyshchenko claims to have recorded his conversations with Poroshenko on a digital recording device fitted in his watch during a year. Onyshchenko claims to have turned over compromising materials on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the U.S. government on Nov. 29.