Number of arrests of Georgian underworld members increased fourfold
In 2018, four thieves in law (vors) and 52 people involved in the underworld were detained.
In 2018, Georgia rounded up four vors and 52 members of the vors’ world, which is 477% higher than last year’s figures, the information posted on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia says.
According to the Ministry, 19 of the detainees were charged under new articles.
As The CrimeRussia wrote earlier, this year Tbilisi has intensified its struggle against representatives of the criminal world. For example, in April 2018, the Georgian parliament tightened the law On Organized Crime and Racketeering that has been in effect since 2005. At the same time, such concepts as “supporting the activities of a vors’ community” and “participating in a vors’ gathering” have appeared in the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.
Turning to a member of the “vors' world” / “thief in law” has also become a criminal offense. Now membership in the underworld is punishable by imprisonment for a term of seven to ten years, and crime lords face from nine to 15 years in prison.
In addition, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic expanded cooperation with European countries in the fight against representatives of the crime bosses’ world. Together with the French, Spanish and Polish counterparts, 19 joint operations were carried out in the European Union countries, as a result of which 137 Georgian citizens were detained on felony charges, among them were 13 vors, the department specified.
Gadzhiev was detained on June 14. A criminal case was initiated against him about participation in a terrorist organization (part 2 of article 205.5 of the Criminal Code) and promotion of terrorism (part 4 of article 205.1 of the Criminal Code).