Arrested in Greece kingpin Lasha Rustavsky wants to vindicate himself for sake of his daughter
Accused of leading the entire Georgian mafia in Europe, the thief in law reports on provocation by the Spanish and French authorities and worries about his reputation.
Thief in law Lasha Shushanashvili, known in the criminal environment as Lasha Rustavsky, demands the presence of a key witness, an employee of the Spanish Prosecutor's Office, on the basis of whose testimony Shushanashvili was arrested, in the court of Thessaloniki.
The kingpin stated to five judges of the Court of Appeal of Thessaloniki last week that the eyewitnesses’ testimony that is based on the data of wiretapping was false, and the accusation of leading the international criminal community was "provocation of the French and Spanish authorities."
"The prosecution considers me a villain of international importance, but I want to vindicate myself. I'm thinking about my family. I have a daughter who studies in one of the best universities in Moscow, and I do not want her to go with the mind that her father is a mob," Shushanashvili said in the Efsyn court.
The next meeting of the Court of Appeal in the case of the Shushanashvili’s extradition to France at the request of Interpol and the French authorities was postponed at the beginning of the week due to the absence of several lawyers from the accused and the prosecution’s witness. Lasha Shushanashvili was taken to court without handcuffs, which was noted by all the Greek media covering the process, but under the escort of fighters of the anti-terrorist unit EKAM.
Lasha Shushanashvili is escorted by more than a dozen fighters of the anti-terrorist unit EKAM
A week earlier the meeting also did not take place, since Shushanashvili's lawyers announced the challenge of the chairman of the court and the entire judicial staff, whom the kingpin accused of bias.
"I am sure that they have already condemned me," Shushanashvili explained his petition.
Recall that the first two hearings on the extradition of thieves in law Lasha Shushanashvili, Merab Asanidze (Chikora) and Nodar Shukakidze (Nodo Gldansky) to France were scheduled for April 24 and May 2. However, both were canceled due to the hospitalization of Shushanashvili, who complained about a sudden deterioration in his state of health.
All three Georgian mobs and about 40 Georgian natives were detained in mid-April in Greece and France as a result of a significant police operation Caucase Normandie.
The Greek edition Karfitsa informs that now hearings on the resonant case of "the Georgian mafia boss in Europe" are to be held next Tuesday, May 29.