Spanish prosecutors report how mob Taro legalized criminal proceeds

Spanish prosecutors report how mob Taro legalized criminal proceeds
Tariel Oniani (Taro)

Spain officially requested his extradition.

The Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor's office sent an official request to the Russian side for the extradition of thief in law Tariel Oniani, aka Taro. According to DW, he is charged with participation in the laundering of illegally obtained capital in the criminal community in Spain. The prosecutor's office applies punishment up to 8 years and 6 months in prison for Oniani, as well as a fine of 50 million euros.

It is claimed on the 38 pages of the prosecution’s document that Oniani, together with his accomplices, was engaged in illegal actions in Spain for 10 years - from 1995 to 2005. The funds received in the territory of the former USSR and other European countries by extortion, protection of enterprises and drug trafficking, were invested in his legal Spanish restaurant and construction business for further laundering.

A representative of the Spanish prosecutor’s office said that he “hopes for successful cooperation with the Russian side in the Oniani case,” although Russia almost never extradites suspects. However, this time the thief in law has already been detained on the basis of an international search warrant, previously sent by the Spaniards to Russia via Interpol.

Recall that the mob was arrested on April 9 after leaving the Black Dolphin, where he spent 10 years for abducting a businessman. After the release, Taro planned to go to Turkey. He should have been first sent to Georgia, from where he would immediately fly to Istanbul. But the court placed him for 40 days in pre-trial detention center-3 of Orenburg for subsequent extradition to Spain.

Since the 90s Oniani lived in Spain, where he was engaged in a dubious business with another well-known thief in law Shakro Molodoy. In 2005, local law enforcement officers conducted one of Europe’s largest police operations, Wasp. However, Oniani managed to escape from Spain literally several hours before his arrest. He returned to Russia, where in 2006 he received citizenship. In 2009, Taro was detained on charges of abduction of a businessman and extortion. In July 2010, the Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow sentenced the thief in law to 10 years in prison.

It is noted that Oniani was temporarily passed to the National Court of Justice of Spain to testify. This made it possible to complete the investigative measures in his case and draw up an indictment.



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