A former member of Ukraine’s parliament who claimed to have damaging information on a firm that employed Hunter Biden was arrested in Germany, The Daily Beast reports.
Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former politician who fled the country after he was accused of embezzlement, was arrested by German authorities on Friday. His attorney claimed that he should not have been arrested because he was seeking refugee status in the country.
Ukrainian officials are waiting for a German court to rule whether it will extradite him back to Ukraine.
Onyshchenko claimed to have corruption evidence:
Onyshchenko claimed that he had evidence of corruption by former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after he fled the country in 2016. He also reportedly met with US law enforcement officials about his allegations and appeared to want to share the information in exchange for a US visa.
“His allegations were widely seen in Ukraine as part of a Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation campaign meant to undermine the Ukrainian government as it sought to strengthen ties with the West,” The Daily Beast reported.
Evidence included info on Hunter Biden:
The former lawmaker claimed to have information on Hunter Biden and his work for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
He claimed to Reuters that Ukrainian oligarch and Burisma founder Mykola Zlovhevsky hired Biden as insurance against criminal investigations.
“It was to protect (the company),” he said.
He later claimed that “there were ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ payments to the Biden family” from Burisma and that an FBI agent “directed the coverup of the Biden scandal at the time, in concert with the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, and other Deep State American government assets ‘in-country.’”
He later claimed that Burisma paid $10 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in “big bags of cash.”
“Onyshchenko is known in Ukraine as a vocal critic of financier George Soros and of the Obama administration,” according to The Daily Beast. “In his latest posts on Facebook he defends former Ukrainian prosecutors Lutsenko and Viktor Shokin–both of whom have faced criticism at home for working with Giuliani on his Burisma investigative endeavors. He has also echoed claims made by Giuliani that the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv worked against Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election, claiming evidence against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was fabricated.”