Opposition Bloc Member of Parliament, oligarch Vadym Novinsky used his private plane to leave Ukraine for Greece on Friday morning after Ukrainian prosecutors had initiated the procedure to strip him of parliamentary immunity, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
”According to the information we`ve got, Novinsky left Zhuliany (airport in Kyiv) for Thessaloniki, Greece, on board his plane at 09:30 in the morning today,” Chairman of the SBU Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak told reporters in Odesa on Friday, November 4.
As was reported earlier, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced on November 3 that a motion had been prepared to ask the parliament for consent to Novinsky`s criminal prosecution.
Novinsky is suspected of abuse of power and misuse of office in illegal confinement of Oleksandr Drabynko, the Archbishop of Pereyasliv-Khmelnytsky and Vyshnevsky and a former personal assistant to the late Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Volodymyr (Sabodan).
Novinsky said that the criminal proceedings against him were politically motivated. He announced he was planning to visit Mount Athos on Friday but pledged to return.
Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy confirmed the receipt of the motion on Friday.