Thief in law Kakha Rustavsky’s OCG sent stolen valuables from Spain to Georgia
In addition to laundering, the company belonging to the gang’s treasurer would send jewelry, watches, and electronics stolen from Spanish citizens to Georgia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
The holder of thief in law Kakhaber Shushanashvili’s (Kakha Rustavsky) common fund, detained in Madrid in the course of a large-scale police operation codenamed Naples, turned out to be the owner of a parcel delivery company, Noticia reports.
According to the investigation, the bandits would use the company he owned (name not specified) to send stolen valuables to Georgia and other countries of the former USSR.
It is reported that searches have been held in the company’s offices in Madrid and Barcelona as part of a large-scale round-up against the Georgian mafia in Spain. According to preliminary information, the thieves had taken the dispatch of stolen goods to the assembly line. The criminal group specializing in apartment robbery and money laundering would send stolen watches, jewelry, and electronics to their homeland for resale.
It also became known that the detained owner of the company sending the parcels acted as treasurer in Kakha Rustavsky's gang. In particular, he was in charge of provision of funds for maintaining the relatives of the crime community members while they were serving their terms of imprisonment.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the wife of Kakhaber Shushanashvili Katerina Mierkova, who ended up among the 23 detainees, had also been receiving such an allowance. The thief in law’s wife would receive 6 thousand euro a month from the common fund as a financial aid for the term of her husband’s imprisonment. In March 2016, the Spanish court had sentenced Kakha Rustavsky to 20 years and 11 months in prison.
As the investigation found out, the thief had led the Georgian gangsters in Spain on the orders of his brother Lasha Shushanashvili, whom the European law enforcement bodies consider the head of the Georgian mafia in Europe. The OCG would launder money acquired in the course of numerous crimes, including theft. The gang consisted mainly of immigrants from Georgia who had settled in Spain in 2008 in the region of Catalonia and the Levant. According to the updated data, 19 out of 23 persons detained last week were immigrants from Georgia.
It is noteworthy that the Georgian MIA actively cooperates with the Spanish side as part of the Naples operation. Confirming its participation in the investigation, the Georgian police refused to provide details, noting that the operation is still in progress, and more detailed information may harm it.
A total of over 60 people have been detained at different stages of the operation that has been lasting almost two years. In addition, property worth 24 million euros, including a shopping center, a hotel, thirty houses, garages and other commercial real estate has been detained.
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