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 Dniprovskyi district court judge Chaus caught accepting $150,000 bribe, - NABU. PHOTOS (updated)

Aug. 9, 2016, detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) under the supervision of procedural prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) apprehended a judge of the Dniprovskyi district court of Kyiv who was extorting and obtained an unlawful benefit in the amount of $150,000.

Censor.NET reports citing the NABU press service.

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As reported, the offense falls under part 4, article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (acceptance of an offer, promise or unlawful benefit by an official). The penalty provides for imprisonment for a term of eight to 12 years, with a ban to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years, with confiscation of property.

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Investigation is underway.

According to information obtained by Censor.NET, the judge in question in Mykola Chaus.

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Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Bututsov commented on the high-profile detention on his Facebook page:

"They did it! The National Anti-Corruption Bureau has caught red-handed one of the most bribable and corrupt judges of Ukraine - Judge Mykola Chaus of the Dniprovskyi court of Kyiv!

"Chaus is known for making illegal decisions for money. During Maidan events, Chaus was ruling against Automaidan and was subject to cleansing; he is listed in the cleansing registry of the Ministry of Justice.

"However, Ukrainian authorities were reluctant to cleanse Chaus, for he was conducting political orders - he was the one who made super scandalous decision to take criminal boss Yurii Ivaniushchenko off the wanted list and banned conduction of investigation against him. Thank to this, 'Yura Yenakievskiy' lifted the ban for travel in Europe and managed to escape from the Russian Federation to his villa in Monaco.

"It was Chaus who ruled to arrest Hennadii Korban [former deputy head of Dnipropetrovsk regional administration - ed.] with multiple violations of the procedure.

"What I'm surprised with is that he should have known that after all the scandals, he could be scrutinized by law enforcement agencies. He knew it but could not stop. This grafter in a gown was certain of his impunity, for such rogue judges are needed by any government. But today Chaus was apprehended while taking another bribe - $150,000!

"This is one of the first results of the law enforcement system's reform, a result of creation of the special anti-corruption body by the civil society, the parliament, the government and the president.

"This is the hope for getting better," Butusov wrote.

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