Tbilisi detains alleged thieves in law
Kingpin Armaiz Grigoriani, known as Mais, as well as his brother, were detained for belonging to the thieves' world and extortion.
On March 15, employees of the Georgian Interior Ministry conducted two special operations against the representatives of the criminal world on the outskirts of Tbilisi, the Echo of the Caucasus reports. As a result of the operations that took place in the area of Isani and Kakheti near Tbilisi airport, kingpin Armaiz Grigoriani, known as Mais, as well as his brother, were detained. Both detainees are accused of belonging to the thieves' world and extortion.
On the eve the police conducted a search in the apartment of the brothers. According to preliminary data, the official charge will be put forward on March 16.
Armaiz Grigoriani spent several years in prison, and was appointed an underboss. He was released about a year ago.
At the end of February, it was reported that the Georgian parliament had registered a package of 5 bills, which would toughen penalties against representatives of the criminal world. In particular, the punishment for involvement in the thieves' community will cover imprisonment from 7 to 11 years with a possible fine, and the thieves in law will face terms from 9 to 15 years and fines. Currently, the involvement in the criminal environment in Georgia is punished by a term of 5 to 8 years and thieves in law face from 7 to 10 years.
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