European law enforcers defeat Lasha Shushanashvili’s clan: wives were assisting mobs
All key members of the group were detained in the unprecedented operation in France and Greece.
Details have become known about the Caucase Normandie operation, during which the police of two countries – Greece and France – simultaneously detained 40 crime lords led by 57-year-old thief Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky) within two days, on April 16 and 17. His driver and two bodyguards, who tried to resist, were detained along with him; while trying to escape, the driver rammed the police car, but found himself trapped. A pistol and several knives were found on the detainees during the search.
According to the Georgian MIA, apart from Lasha Rustavsky, who was detained in Thessaloniki, thief in law Ramaz Gugunishvili (Sio) was detained in Montauban, France, and Nodar Shukakidze (Nodo Gldansky) and Merab Asanidze (Chikora) were detained in Thessaloniki.
Greek media report that the thieves are charged with participation in a crime group, theft and robbery, police resistance, and violation of the law on weapons.
As reported by security officers, the OCG members would commit two or three burglaries every day in the morning hours, when the owners were not at home. At the same time, the high professional level of criminals is noted. According to preliminary findings of the investigation, for the last year, Shushanashvili’s gang committed at least 56 thefts in Thessaloniki alone. The estimated value of the stolen goods is more than 1 million euros.
The operation was the result of months of law enforcement officers training in France and Greece with information assistance from the Netherlands.
To recall, Lasha Shushanashvili was released only a few months ago. Despite the fact that in 2012, the Greek Court sentenced him to 14 years’ imprisonment for organizing a crime community, he ensured an easing of his detention regime due to illness. Allegedly, the thief has a number of serious diseases, including malignant hypertension, hepatitis B and C, vascular encephalopathy, and heart problems.
As for the remaining members of the criminal syndicate almost entirely consisting of immigrants from Georgia, mafia enforcers Elgudzha Shukakidze, 30, and David Khodeli, 36, as well as Paata Akhaladze, 39 – who used to be in charge of the thieves’ common fund –have been detained in the French city of Cayenne. One more money holder, 27 y.o. Levan Gochiashvili has been detained in Rennes. In addition, the wives of Shukakidze and Akhaladze – Nana Matiashvili and Nino Ioseliani – have been detained; according to the case file, they were also involved in crimes.
In France, the police got 44-y.o. Georgian rapper Kakha Abuashvili aka Kaba, who has ties to mafia.
Other members of Shushanashvili’s clan detained in France include Gocha Potskhishvili, Beka Akhvlediani, Vakhtang Akhvlediani, Lorita Pachkoriya-Nozadze, Arsen Khachatryan, Zurab Adzhamov, Karen Arutyunyan, Mikhail Ochigava, Aleksy Sanadze, and Elmira Mustafaeva.
As for Greece, the detainees are Ruben Mkhitaryan, Georgy Tsiklauri, Lado Dolidze, Gurgen Egizaryan, David Natobidze, Georgy Zhlantiashvili, Tornike Papavu, Georgy Kereselidze, Zaza Gelashvili, Bidzina Pareashvili, Levan Tsulyaya, Otar Bezhuashvili, Vakhtang Andriadze, Mikhail Bezhuashvili, Georgy Poladishvili, Georgy Damotsev, Irakly Gabelaya, Teymuraz Seturi, Givi Imnaishvili, and Vepkhvia Pirmisashvili.
The identity of one more thief is to be specified. The age of all detainees is from 29 to 57.