“The Prosecutor’s Office on Fight against the organized crimes and special cases (PCCOCS) has finished the criminal proceeding and sent indictment to the court against a citizen of Moldova who facilitated in the abduction of former ukrainian judge Mykola Chaus in April 2021,” the message says.
According to the message, a 30-year-old citizen of Moldova was detained immediately. He earlier served at the special unit of one of the law enforcement units. In Ukraine, he was recruited by a group of people and when he returned to Chișinău, he collected information about the residence place of the judge and his family, routes and movements.
The accused man has been in custody since May 2021. Recently, he concluded an agreement on pleading guilty and was transferred to the house arrest under the police guard with the appliance of the restrictive measures.
According to the criminal legislation of the Republic of Moldova, the abduction of two or more people is punished by 6-10 years of imprisonment.
The Prosecutor’s Office of Moldova has already noted that it appealed to the Ukrainian authorities many times with requests on letters requisitory for progress of the investigation; however, there was no official response from Ukraine’s Prosecutor’s Office.
Earlier, it was reported that former judge Mykola Chaus kidnapped in Moldova was found only underpants in the village of Mazurivka, Vinnytsa region not far from the border with Moldova. When Chaus arrived in the police unit, he reported that he was abducted by unknowns.
According to the lawyer of the judge, he did not get in touch with Chaus as he was taken to Kyiv.
Later, the NABU made it clear that Chaus was detained. However, nobody contacted the detectives to pass them the suspect.
Later, mass media reported that Chaus was detained by employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and he was taken to Kyiv. The NABU also confirmed this information and published a video “chasing” the SBU car. The NABU stated that Chaus was in one of the cars.
On August 2, the lawyer of ex-judge Mykola Chaus stated that he prepares an appel on a change of investigative jurisdiction.
On August 3, the High Anti-Corruption Court holds the session on the consideration of the restrictive measure for ex-judge of Dniprovsky district court of Kyiv Mykola Chaus. Later, the lawyers of Mykola Chaus have used the right for judge rejection.
On August 4, the court has declined the appeal of the defense of Mykola Chaus on the judge rejection. Later, the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine chose a restrictive measure for ex-judge Mykola Chaus.