Thief in law Lasha Rustavsky goes to France
The Greek authorities decided to extradite the kingpin.
The Court of Appeal in Greece approved the extradition of thief in law Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky) to France. This is reported by Associated Press.
Thus, the court granted the request of the French prosecution authorities accusing Shushanashvili of organizing a criminal group that committed theft and laundered illegal proceeds.
Recall that the 57-year-old leader of the Russian mafia in Europe was arrested in April this year in Greek Thessaloniki. At the same time, during the joint operation of law enforcement agencies of two countries - Greece and France - it was possible to detain about 40 of his associates. France demanded his extradition, which would allow it to complete an investigation into the Georgian criminal syndicate, which has been conducted for more than two years.
Moreover, Lasha Rustavsky's younger brother Kakhaber Shushanashvili (Kakha Rustavsky) is doing time in France. Before that, in 2016, he was sentenced by a Spanish court to 20 years and 11 months in prison (later term was reduced to 15 years and three months.) Subsequently, he was extradited to France, where together with other accomplices were charged with some crimes (mainly armed robbery), the sale of stolen goods, as well as the coordination of the criminal group. In June of this year, the court in Nancy sentenced him to another ten years' imprisonment.
Therefore it is not a surprise that Shushanashvili Sr. did not want to go to France. His team of experienced lawyers did everything possible to prevent this. Moreover, there were chances for a positive outcome - in 2012 Shushanashvili was already accused in Greece of creating a mafia organization and was sentenced to 14 years. At the same time, his extradition was also demanded by Spain and Georgia, but in the end, Lasha Rustavsky not only stayed in Greece but after 2.5 years he was able to be released due to illness. Some Spanish publications even accused the Greek judicial system of corruption, saying that the kingpin paid 800 thousand euros for his release.
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