Mob summits via WhatsApp and Viber: How to fight modern thieves in law? 

Mob summits via WhatsApp and Viber: How to fight modern thieves in law?
Thief in law Guli during a videoconference

Ukraine may learn from Georgia's experience in combating organized crime and thieves in law.

Law enforcement bodies of Georgia and Ukraine are to create an interstate working group to combat organized crime and thieves in law. This is reported on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. 

The meeting of Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Georgy Gakhariya and his Ukrainian colleague Arsen Avakov took place the day before in Kyiv.

A joint working group of officers of the criminal police of the two countries will be created to carry out joint work in this direction and an operative exchange of information. As of recent, the level of organized crime has grown and thieves in law, most of whom are from Georgia, have become more active in Ukraine.

Георгия Гахария и Арсен Аваков

Georgy Gakhariya and Arsen Avakov

It was Gakhariya who pointed to the lack of operational communication, noting that thieves keep up to date; they hold their mob summits and showdowns via Viber, WhatsApp, and other messengers.

All this must be taken into account by the authorities, he noted. For example, in April this year, the Parliament of Georgia adopted amendments and reinforced legislation against thieves in law in force since 2005. Such notions as “support of the thieves' world” and “participation in a thieves’ summit” have been added to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure. Seeking assistance from a member of the thieves’ world or a thief in law has also been considered a criminal offense.

To recall, in Georgia, participation in a thieves’ community is punishable by deprivation of liberty for a period of seven to ten years; thieves in law themselves face from 9 to 15 years in prison.

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