According to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian law enforcement officers expected that Nikolai Chaus would be officially extradited from Moldova to Ukraine.
Ukraine is not involved in the abduction of Nikolai Chaus in Moldova / photo from UNIAN, Vladislav Musienko
Ukraine is not involved in the situation with the abduction of Judge Nikolai Chaus from the territory of Moldova.
This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba during a telephone conversation with his Moldovan counterpart Aureliu Chocoy, the press service reports. MID.
According to Kuleba, Ukrainian law enforcement officers expected that after the positive for Ukraine completion of the judicial examination of Chaus’s complaint about the refusal to grant him asylum in Moldova, he would be extradited within the framework of international legal assistance on the basis of European conventions and bilateral treaties on extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters. …
The minister stressed that Ukraine was not involved in the abduction of Chaus.
To establish all the circumstances, in particular the place of stay of the former judge, Culeba proposed to Moldova to create a joint working group.
Kuleba also assured that Moldova “was, is and remains a friend for Ukraine.”
“The Ukrainian side is convinced that they are trying to use the situation to their advantage by forces that are not only not interested in further deepening Ukrainian-Moldovan cooperation, but also aim to disrupt the development of relations that is positive for both countries, strengthening the European prospects of Ukraine and Moldova,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Abduction of Chaus: what is known
- On April 3, it became known that Nikolai Chausa, declared by Interpol on the international wanted list on suspicion of bribery, kidnapped in Moldova.
- On April 5, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova Pavel Voicu said that Chaus was kidnapped by foreignerswho have already crossed the border with Ukraine.
Judge Chaus case: all the details
- On August 9, 2016, NABU detectives exposed Judge Chaus when he received a bribe in the amount of $ 150 thousand (more than UAH 3.7 million) for sentencing in the interests of the defendants. He kept money in a glass jar.
- On September 6, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada agreed to detain the judge and bring him to criminal responsibility. However, Chaus, taking advantage of judicial immunity, left the territory of Ukraine. He was put on the wanted list. Later Chausa was detained at the extradition request of Ukraine in Moldova.
- October 6, 2016 Commission on Citizens’ Issues and Political Asylum under the President of Moldova rejected Chaus’s request for political asylum.
- On November 28, 2017, the High Council of Justice adopted a decision on dismissal of Chaus from the position of judge Dniprovsky District Court of Kiev.
- On July 11, 2019, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during talks with Prime Minister of Moldova Maia Sandu raised the issue of Chaus’s extradition.
- On February 7, 2020, at that time, the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Nazar Kholodnitsky said that the ex-judge Chaus tries in every possible way to avoid extradition to Ukraine. According to him, “this suspect chose the tactic of challenging everything that could be appealed: first he applied for political asylum, then“ in connection with the persecution, ”and when he was refused and the decision on extradition was almost ready, he appealed the president’s refusal. Moldova in granting him political asylum. “
- Kholodnitsky assured that Chaus’ case is ready for transfer to court.
- On October 12, 2020, the National Police announced that they had not stopped the search for the judge.
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