Spain continues to go after Georgian mafia members
By now, 23 people have been detained, including the wife of a kingpin.
Spain conducts an operation against an organized criminal group consisting of Kakhaber Shushanashvili’s allies (Kakha Rustavsky). As the Spanish La Vanguardia writes, the National Police and the regional police corps of Catalonia (Mossos) struck a new blow against the Georgian mafia. To date, 23 people have been detained. These measures eliminate the leadership of one of the most famous gangs in Spain, the publication adds.
During the Operation Naples, Kakhaber Shushanashvili 's wife, certain Katerina, was also arrested. It became known that the wife of the kingpin received common fund’s 6 thousand euros a month as a financial aid, while her husband is behind bars. Recall, in March last year the Spanish court sentenced Kakha Rustavsky to 20 years and 11 months in prison.
Detention of the Kakha Rustavsky’s gang members in Spain
As established by the investigation, he led gangsters from Barcelona by order of his brother Lasha, who is considered the leader of the Georgian mafia in Europe. This gang was engaged in laundering of money obtained illegally, including theft. The gang consisted mainly of immigrants from Georgia who settled in Spain in 2008 in the region of Catalonia and the Levant. The stolen items, mainly watches, jewelry and electronic devices, were sent to Georgia, where they were resold.
In addition to money laundering, the court found that Kakha participated in the conspiracy to commit the murder of thief in law Vladimir Dzhanashia, nicknamed Lado. Lado was shot in March 2010 in Marseilles. Also, Kakha Rustavsky was charged with illegal possession of arms, forgery of bankcards and repeated attempts of fraud.
The investigation began after the murder of Gera Garishvili committed on February 4, 2016 in the city of Terrace. This representative of the rival faction operating in France was detained in 2010, but was later released pending trial.
According to Spanish media, more than 60 people have been detained since the investigation. In addition, property worth €24 million was withdrawn, including a shopping center, a hotel, thirty houses, garages and commercial premises, most of them are located in the cities of Catalonia.