“We have opened the criminal case, consider and analyze all materials that can become the elements of the evidential base,” SBU Speaker Artem Dekhtyarenko.
He also noted that the Security Service of Ukraine has opened the criminal proceeding on kidnapping in Moldova of Chas and illicit transfer through the border.
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.
A month after the abduction, Chaus got in touch. He recorded a video in which he stated that he was kidnapped in 2016. Besides, Chaus promised to return to Ukraine soon.
Meanwhile, on May 19, ex-judge published the second video. He also stated that he is ready to provide materials about his “kidnappers”. However, he passed records to “his friends” for further publication. Chaus made such a step as people involved in his abduction are very affluent.