The United Kingdom should change its usual practice and hand over MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko (in image
) charged of corruption to the Ukrainian law enforcers, Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, said, Censor.NET reported.
"We are now on the home straight. There is a considerable amount of materials to be translated in order to submit to the Interpol. This translation is almost completed and we are going to officially file [the materials] to the Interpol," Sytnyk said.
However, according to the NABU head, the United Kingdom had virtually never extradited people before.
"But I hope that the fact that NABU is the newly created body, which establishment and development the United Kingdom had made a large contribution to, may become a reason to change this practice
," he said. "And, secondly, a great number of assets have been attached to this case including funds as well as movable and immovable property. And the Verkhovna Rada has submitted amendments regarding the special investigation against a suspect in absentia which it subsequently adopted. Therefore, even if we assume that the attempts to bring him back come to nothing, although we will take steps to launch the extradition process to the last, it will be possible to return the funds in the budget."
MP Oleksandr Onyschenko, a member of the People's Will parliamentary group, accused of misappropriation, embezzlement of property through abuse of office, creation of sham companies, and creation of a criminal organization
In particular, Onyshenko created the criminal group
with the participation of a number of other people, including representatives of Ukrgazvydobuvannia in order to gain possession of the company's funds. The group illegally took hold of UAH 1.613 billion.