Bdzhe’s attorney blames police for planting heroin in kingpin’s sock as part of ‘pre-World Cup cleansing’
The thief in law claims he never belonged to the organized crime community.
The Armenian thief in law Vardan Asatryan aka Bdzhe will be kept in the Moscow detention facility (SIZO) until August 7, 2018, by the decision of the Presnensky Court, RIA Novosti said in a news report.
The defense lawyer of the detainee tried to challenge the detention verdict arguing that the police planted the 15 grams of heroin into his sock. Asatryan's lawyer also told the agency that the judge was likely to release his client on bail, but the prosecutor brought up Asatryan's mafia ties, which was why the thief in law was kept in the pretrial detention facility after all.
He stressed that the association with an organized crime group is just a speculation of the operative and has no proof, while Asatryan was simply detained as part of a ‘pre-World Cup cleansing’, the lawyer argued.
According to the case file, Bdzhe suffers from organic personality disorder caused by mixed diseases, including heredity and deviant behavior aggravated by alcoholism, with craniocerebral traumas and systematic opioid narcotization.
The Yerevan man spoke in the courtroom saying: "I don’t understand it at all! They all say what they want: an organized criminal, now this... I'm a Russian citizen with three daughters; I've lived in Russia for 30 years and have never been in organized crime. "
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.