Сourt arrested nineth suspect in "Onyshchenko gas case"

Solomenskyi District Court of Kyiv detained Vasyl Pihuliak for two months with an alternative to bail today, June 19. He is suspected of stealing Ukrainian gas owned by the state.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax Ukraine.

Earlier the court arrested nine suspects.

According to preliminary data, the state suffered damages of 3 billion hryvnia as a result of the split-up, of which 1.6 billion is funds obtained from the resale of gas intermediaries and derived through fictitious companies, while 1.3 billion hryvnia is the unpaid rent for the use of mineral resources.

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The investigation established that the whole chain of intermediaries, ranging from members of the joint venture agreements with
Ukrhazvydobuvannia PJSC to the winning bidders, who sold gas to end-users, was controlled by people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko.

Earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine raided the office of MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko March 16. The NABU stated that the searches were carried out under the pretrial investigation of criminal case initiated into abuse of office during sale of the natural gas jointly extracted with Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE.

NABU searched MP Onyshchenko's formal chamber for the second time June 15.

Prosecutor General's Office received a presentation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to lift the immunity of the people's deputy Oleksandr Onyshchenko.

Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytskyi and NABU Director Artem Sytnyk claimed that Volia Narodu MP Onyshchenko appropriated 1,6 billion hryvnia.

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko has drafted a motion requesting the Verkhovna Rada's consent to criminal prosecution, detention and pretrial confinement of lawmaker Oleksandr Onyshchenko June 16.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n394003