Rada authorizes arrest of fugitive judge Chaus, known for keeping bribes in glass jars

Ukraine`s Verkhovna Rada authorized the arrest on September 6 of the notorious judge of Kyiv`s Dniprovsky district court Mykola Chaus, who is suspected of taking a US$150,000 bribe.

Legislative bills No. 5070 on detention and No. 5071 on arrest and remand of Chaus were backed by 281 and 279 MPs, respectively.

As was reported, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine announced on August 9 that the judge was caught while accepting a US$150,000 bribe, which is some UAH 3.7 million.

Deputy Prosecutor General and chief of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office Nazar Kholodnytskyi said the judge could not be remanded into custody at that time because he enjoyed judicial immunity, which could only be repealed by parliament. During raids at Chaus` house, agents found glass jars with money allegedly containing bribes.

Prior to the Rada`s September 6 meeting, the parliamentary committee for legal policy and justice recommended that parliament provide its approval for the arrest of Chaus.

However, Kholodnytskyi said during the committee meeting that the judge had already fled Ukraine and found refuge in Russia-occupied Crimea.

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