President of Moldova Maia Sandu tried to get in contact with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky due to the kidnapping of Ukrainian former judge Mykola Chaus. NewsMaker reported that citing the internal report of Ukraine’s Ambassador Marko Shevchenko, which he filed to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
The document states that the contact of the countries’ leaders did not take place ‘through no fault of the Moldovan side’.
Moreover, the Moldovan Foreign Ministry sent to Ukraine’s Embassy in Chișinău the note due to the case of the kidnapping of Ukrainian former judge Mykola Chaus.
The internal report of Ambassador Shevchenko states that on April 9, he had a meeting with State Secretary of Moldova’s Foreign Ministry Dumitru Socolan. He passed the note to the Ukrainian diplomat with a request to lift diplomatic immunity from military attache of the Ukrainian Embassy Serhiy Smetanyuk for ‘criminal prosecution and liability.
The note also requests permission to search and search for evidence in the vehicle of the Embassy attached to Smetanyuk.
According to the ambassador, the phone talk between acting Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Aureliu Ciocoi and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba afforded grounds to the Moldova side to suppose that ‘the kidnapping of Ukraine’s citizen Mykola Chaus was committed by perpetrators, not representatives of the state bodies of Ukraine’.
On August 9, 2016, the NABU detectives under the procedural guidance of the SAPO prosecutors exposed judge Chaus 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.
On March 1, 2017, Chaus surrendered to the law enforcers of Moldova. The SAPO stated 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 political asylum.
Recently President 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 of the proper support.
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.
Later, it was reported that the Ukrainian intelligence and law enforcement bodies might be involved in the kidnapping of Mykola Chaus.