Ex-judge Mykola Chaus's lawyer Rostislav Kravets believes that the situation with the abduction of his client could turn into the impeachment of the President of Moldova Maia Sandu. The Telegram-channel of the Country portal reported citing Kravets`s interview.
"Today there is information that Moldova has issued a note to Ukraine and demands to deprive military attaché Serhiy Smetanyuk of diplomatic immunity. This means that relations between the countries will be cold instead of friendly. I think President Zelensky is not aware of the consequences of this story. Moldova has a much more balanced government: it is not entirely in the hands of the president, the law enforcement authorities have the opportunity to avoid pressure and pursue an impartial investigation. And they have already received evidence of involvement of the Ukrainian authorities in the abduction of Chaus," the lawyer said.
Kravets does not believe in the Ukrainian interpretation of Chaus's abduction. He believes that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky should provide information on the abduction of the ex-judge and Ukraine's participation in it soon. He must explain what happened.
According to the lawyer, the situation with Chaus's abduction will have a negative impact on relations between Ukraine and Moldova and may also be grounds for impeachment.
"The president of Moldova has a shaky position. The abduction of Chaus may be the reason for the impeachment of Maia Sandu. A lot of information is leaked to the press. And if it turns out that the president covered the abduction of a national from another country, Sandu will not be forgiven, `cause she is not Bill Clinton. According to the media, Sandu was at least aware of what was happening, and she did nothing to prevent the abduction," Kravets said.
As it was reported earlier, Moldovan leader Maia Sandu demands that the Interior Ministry and Information and Security Service take urgent action to find the kidnapped Ukrainian judge Mykola Chaus.
In August 2016 Chaus was caught on bribery - he demanded and received the money in the amount of 150 thousand dollars. Chaus has been staying in Moldova since November 2016. Initially, he claimed that he stayed in this country under the security guarantees, but then he asked for political asylum. The-then president Igor Dodon refused to grant it, but Chaus filed an appeal against this decision.
In March 2021, the Supreme Court of Moldova refused ex-judge Mykola Chaus in the provision of political asylum.
On April 3, it was reported that Ukrainian ex-judge Mykola Chaus was kidnapped in Chisinau, Moldova. The relevant information was confirmed by the Chisinau police, and also the lawyer of Chaus Iulian Balan informed about it. According to the lawyer, a group of unidentified armed men kidnapped a Ukrainian judge in the center of Chisinau.
On April 5, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the National Police of Ukraine denied their involvement in the kidnapping of Ukrainian ex-judge Mykola Chaus in Moldova and his deportation to Ukraine.