Court of New York postpones verdict to thief in law Razhden Shulaya
A federal judge other than retired Catherine Forrest will consider the case of Razhden Shulaya, who is charged with the creation of a criminal syndicate and other crimes, in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York.
The reading of thief in law Razhden Shulaya’s (Razhden Pitersky, Roma, Brat) sentence in the New York Court in Manhattan has been postponed indefinitely. Earlier, it was planned to pass his sentence on September 21, 2018.
According to The CrimeRussia's source, the postponement is due to the referral of Razhden Shulaya’s case to Judge Loretta Preska, who is famous for a number of high-profile cases (Microsoft v. United States, MasterCard vs. FIFA, Bloomberg vs. US Federal Reserve Others). It will take the judge some time to become acquainted with the case. Earlier, it was her colleague, District Judge of the Southern District of New York Catherine Forrest, who was in charge of the case of Razhden Shulaya and other defendants in the USA vs. Shulaya Enterprise. About two weeks ago, she resigned from this post after seven years of service.
The day before her resignation, Catherine Forrest had imposed quite a harsh sentence on another key defendant in the case, namely, World Champion Boxer, who held the interim WBO middleweight title, and IBO World Champion 2011, Avtandil Khurtsidze, giving him 10 years' imprisonment.
Neither Avtandil Khurtsidze, who, as the investigation believes, had been exerting physical pressure on Shulaya OCG’s opponents, nor Razhden Pitersky himself, have pleaded guilty.
June 20, the jury trial found thief in law Razhden Shulaya and titled boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze guilty of a criminal conspiracy, extortion, theft, sale of stolen goods, and fraud. Khurtsidze has already been sentenced, and thief Shulaya faces up to 20 years in US prison. The rest of the defendants (initially, in June of 2017, more than thirty people were arrested) had made a plea deal and have already been released or are awaiting a court decision.
Judge Catherine Forrest
Judge Loretta Preska
As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, many of them testify against Razhden Pitersky; in particular, Zurab Dzhanashvili, whom the investigation called his right-hand man, now cooperates with the FBI. His trial is due in November of 2018.