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MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko (Volia Narodu parliamentary group) claimed that he fled from Ukraine as he did not believe that he would be granted the right to defend himself adequately.

He wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"What is happening now is nothing else but selective prosecution with complete lack of evidence. It is a sort of a special operation - the unsubstantiated one. Everything has been agreed in advance while no proofs are needed. The development of the operation showed that I would not have been given the right to defend myself adequately. That is why I decided not to let them theatrically arrest me in the Verkhovna Rada sessions hall. I am now preparing for the Olympics, training in Austria," Onyshchenko wrote.

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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.

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

On June 16, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko drafted a motion requesting the Verkhovna Rada's consent for criminal prosecution, detention, and pretrial confinement of MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko. The Procedural Committee of the parliament allowed considering the withdrawal of parliamentary immunity of MP Onyshchenko on June 29.

On July 5, the parliament approved detention and arrest of the people's deputy Onyshchenko.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n396119