Greek court sentenced Georgian mobster Dato Kutaissky to 16 years for OCG creation

Greek court sentenced Georgian mobster Dato Kutaissky to 16 years for OCG creation
David Sebiskveradze (Dato Kutaissky)

Other thieves in law have been convicted along with him.

In Greece, influential thief in law David Sebiskveradze (Dato Kutaissky) has been sentenced to 16 years. Such a severe sentence has come as a genuine surprise to the 63-year-old leader of a Greek clan, who had been looking forward if not to a complete acquittal, then at least to a suspended sentence.

Younger thieves – Shota Asatiani aka Shotiko Bolnissky and Lasha Ugrelidze aka Stalin – received the same sentences along with Sebiskveradze. They have been sentenced to 17 and 16 years, respectively. Another accomplice of theirs, Mikhail Budzishvili (or Khutsishvili, according to other sources), who was also dubbed a thief in law during the detention, did not live to see the hearing, having died of an overdose in April this year.

To recall, December 17, 2015, Greek law enforcers detained 25 mobsters, mainly Georgians, headed by thief in law Dato Kutaissky (who is also known as Varlamych or Kolyaska). According to the investigation, the group led by this thief is involved in 142 robberies. The preliminary damage from the gang’s activity has been estimated at 10 million euros. At the same time, it is noted that Sebiskveradze used to head several OCGs at once, operating not only in Greece, but also in Russia and Germany. 

The trial of Sebiskveradze and members of his gang has been the biggest in respect of representatives of the criminal world since the trial of Lasha Shushanashvili. The latter was detained with a fake passport in January 2012 in Greece on the grounds of a European arrest warrant issued by Spain. Madrid had accused Shushanashvili of leading a crime group, money laundering, and an attempt at murder in 2009. However, Lasha was never extradited to Spain. In Greece, he was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment, although he served his term in a cozy apartment on the territory of the prison with a personal chef and well-established communication with the outside world. In the summer 2015, it was reported that he had been already at large. In this connection, Sebiskveradze’s circle hopes for a review of the case and early release of the ‘thief patriarch’.

There are currently several dozen thieves in law (mostly from Tbilisi, Rustavi, and Kutaisi) living in Greece – the representatives of the so-called Rustavsky and Kutaissky clans headed by Shushanashvili and Sebiskveradze. It is expected that Gayoz Zviyadadze (Giya Kutaissky) will carry out the functions of Varlamych in his absence.

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