Jizdan on Chaus’ Abduction: This Shows the Situation in Moldova

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PDM deputy Alexandru Jizdan believes that the case of Judge Nicolae Chaus, who was kidnapped in Chisinau, proves that Moldova is a weak state and this incident raises questions about national security. The judge abduction case was commented on in an interview with Radio Europa Libera. “The Chaus case shows us “how strong we are.” This incident shows the situation in Moldova. Will Moldova dare go and pick up the wanted criminal from another state. I don’t know if we have such opportunities, the fact that is that the law was infringed and this has to be investigated. It does not only apply to services but also to those who occupy top positions today, I mean the President of the country, the Speaker of the Parliament and the Acting Minister. It is necessary to convene the Supreme Security Council, it is necessary this topic to be on parliament’s agenda, on the agenda of all institutions. It would be completely irresponsible to just leave this matter. In a state where all the procedures work, they should have already come to certain conclusions: what did the border police do, what did people responsible for security and why did it become possible. Conclusions must be drawn and someone must be held accountable. As a former minister and a person who has worked in this area for all my life, I think that what happened is very serious, including in terms of image. The conclusions that others will draw is that you can come to Moldova whenever you want and kidnap anyone,” former interior minister, Alexandru Jizdan said. Recall, Nikolai Chaus was abducted on April 3 by an armed group of people in the center of Chisinau. The Ukrainian judge has been in the Republic of Moldova since 2016, after the Ukrainian authorities accused him of accepting bribes in the amount of 150 thousand dollars. In 2017, Chaus applied to the Chisinau authorities for a political refugee status but was refused. In his home country, he is to face 8 to 12 years in prison.