: Ukraine's Parliament authorizes arrest of judge, known for keeping bribes in glass jars

16:18 Sep. 6, 2016

Ukraine's Parliament authorizes arrest of judge, known for keeping bribes in glass jars

Judge of Kyiv's Dniprovsky district court Mykola Chaus who is suspected of bribery (UNIAN photo)

The judge had already fled Ukraine and found refuge in Russia-occupied Crimea

The Verkhovna Rada's of Ukraine authorised arrest of the infamous judge of Kyiv's Dniprovsky district court  Mykola Chaus, who is suspected of receiving hundreds of thousands of US dollars in bribes.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine announced on August 9 that the judge was caught while accepting a USD 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"the judge could not be remanded into custody at that time because he enjoyed judicial immunity, which could only  be repealed by Parliament."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 working raids at Chaus' house, agents found glass jars with money allegedly containing bribes.

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Prior to Rada's September 6 meeting, the parliamentary committee for legal policy and justice recommended that parliament provides 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.

Reported by UNIAN

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