Involvement of Ukraine’s ex-leaders in escape of judge Chaus abroad investigated

Source : 112 Ukraine

The State Investigation Bureau opened the criminal proceeding based on the mass media information
13:39, 19 July 2019

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The State Investigation Bureau of Ukraine (SIB) began the investigation of the possible involvement of ex-leaders of the state in the escape of a judge to Moldova, as the SIB reported.

The name of the judge is not revealed but it most likely concerns judge Mykola Chaus.

Thus, the SIB investigators registered the criminal proceeding due to the organization of a possible illegal transportation of a judge over the state border by a group of people. The issue is about the illegal trafficking of a person over the state border with prior agreement or with the abuse of official position and abuse of power or official position which led to serious consequences.

The criminal proceeding was opened on the basis of the data published by the mass media. According to the information of the journalists, the ex-leadership of the state may be involved in the organization of the illegal trafficking of a judge.

Related: NABU to cooperate with Moldovan colleagues in Judge Chaus’s case

The SIB checks the published facts.

On July 18, Strana published the article in which Head of the National Police in Vinnytsia Anton Shevtsov stated that judge Chaus was illegally transferred to Moldova but personal security of ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

On August 9, 2016, the NABU detectives under procedural guidance of the SAPO prosecutors exposed judge Chause in bribetaking in the sum of $150.000. the money was found in two glass jars buried by a judge in the yard of his house.

On September 6, the Verkhovna Rada supported the submission of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on the provision of the agreement for the detention and arrest and judge. Chaus escaped from Ukraine. He was on the international wanted list of Interpol since November 11, 2016.

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On March 1, 2017, Chaus surrendered to the law enforcers of Moldova. The SAPO stated about the intention to demand his extradition to Ukraine for the pretrial investigation in accordance with the legislation.

In September 2017, SAPO Head of Nazar Kholodnytsky stated the extradition of Ukrainian judge Mykola Chaus from Moldova to Ukraine depends on the decision of Moldovan President Igor Dodon.

Later Supreme Justice Council suspended Chaus.

On October 5, 2017, Dodon refused Chaus in the political asylum.

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Recently President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky asked the government of Moldova to assist in the extradition of ex-judge of Dniprovsky district of Kyiv Mykola Chaus and he was assured in the proper support.

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