Georgia: 146 criminal cases initiated against thieves in law over 5 years
In the first three months of 2017, criminal proceedings were instituted against four kingpins.
146 criminal cases have been brought under Article 223-1 of the Criminal Code "Membership in the thieves' community, thief in law" in Georgia since 2012. This was reported by Novosti-Gruzia referring to the data provided by the country's Chief Prosecutor's Office.
The corresponding article in the Georgian Penal Code appeared in 2005, as a result of which part of the thieves in law were jailed, some fled the country. Then the authorities actually declared war on organized crime.
Thus, in 2012, 11 people were prosecuted, in 2013 there were initiated 70 criminal cases, in 2014 - 35, in 2015 - 7, in 2016 - 19.
During the first three months of 2017, criminal proceedings were instituted against four kingpins.
The Chief Prosecutor's Office also notes that no thief in law was extradited from abroad to Georgia under Article 223-1 in 5 years.
Now, membership in the thieves' community is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 8 years with a fine or without it. And thieves in law can be deprived of freedom for a period of 7 to 10 years with a fine or without it.
According to investigators, in May 2011, Vorotnikov ripped off several sock caps from uniformed policemen, threw them on to the roadway and stroked over the police officer's head twice during an unsanctioned rally.