Ukraine not involved in kidnapping of ex-judge Chaus, - Foreign Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine and Moldova should create joint task group to establish all circumstances of the case
11:14, 8 April 2021

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Ukraine is not involved in the current situation with Mykola Chaus. Ukraine and Moldova should create a joint task group to establish all circumstances, particularly, the location of the ex-judge. Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported that after phone talk of Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Moldovan colleague Aureliu Ciocoi.

According to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, national law enforcers expected that after the positive for Ukraine accomplishment of the court consideration of the appeal of Chaus for provision of the asylum, he will be extradited within the international legal aid on the basis of the European conventions and bilateral agreements on surrender and mutual aid in criminal cases.

“The Ukrainian side is sure that the forces try to use the situation for their benefit that not only uninterested in the further deepening of Ukrainian-Moldovan cooperation but aim to disrupt positive for both countries the development of the relations, enhancing of European prospects of Ukraine and Moldova,” the message said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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