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Rada agrees to arrest Onishchenko
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263 people’s deputies have voted for the resolution.

The Verkhovna Rada has agreed to the arrest of the people's deputy Oleksandr Onishchenko. 263 people’s deputies have voted for the resolution.

On June 29, the Verkhovna Rada’s procedural committee accepted the idea of letting the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to lift the immunity and arrest People's Will’s deputy Oleksandr Onishchenko. The decision was taken unanimously. At the same time, the procedural committee drew attention to the fact that one document simultaneously requires to perform criminal prosecution, detention and arrest. The committee insists that there should be three separate resolutions.

On June 19, the court arrested 10 individuals which had been detained on June 15 due to the 'gas case' that also featured Oleksandr Onishchenko. According to preliminary data, the gas scheme made the state lose about $ 3 billion, where 1.6 billion are money received from the resale of gas by intermediaries and withdrawn through fake companies. 1.3 billion are the sum of unpaid rent for the use of mineral resources.

Oleksandr Onishchenko is absent from the meeting, where the Verkhovna Rada is considering his arrest. According to him, he won’t return to Ukraine, because he 'was got in wrong and left.' His absence in the country was confirmed by the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Kholodnitskiy.

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