Thief in law Kakha Rustavsky serving 15-year term gets 10 more years in French prison  

Thief in law Kakha Rustavsky serving 15-year term gets 10 more years in French prison
Kakhaber Shushanashvili in a Spanish court, 2016

In 2019, the thief in law will face another trial in France, this time on charges of organizing a murder.

Thief in law Kakhaber Shushanashvili (Kakha Rustavsky) was sentenced to another ten years of incarceration, French media outlet La Provence reports.

The CrimeRussia wrote about the Nancy trial against 34 members of a crime group controlled by thieves in law on June 18 with reference to RFI. Three thieves in law, who headed the criminal community, received ten years of imprisonment, followed by a lifetime ban on entry into France. French radio specified the names of two of them - Georgy Elerdzhiya (Gia Galsky), 58, and Zaza Elikashvili (Karaleika), 44, the name of the third one was not mentioned.

Today it became known that the third convict is Kakhaber Shushanashvili, who was sentenced to 20 years and 11 months (the term was later reduced to 15 years and three months) in prison by a Spanish court in March 2016. The Head of the Main Directorate of the Central Criminal Police Department of the Georgian MIA, Mamuka Chelidze, corroborated this information today at a Tbilisi briefing.

In France, where Kakhaber Shushanashvili was extradited to by Spain, he, along with the remaining members, was charged with pulling off several crimes (mostly burglaries), as well as the sale of stolen goods, and the thieves in law faced the charge of coordinating the activities of the criminal group in the period from 2013 to 2015 in the cities of Strasbourg, La Rochelle, Poitiers, and Niort.

Currently, Kakhaber Shushanashvili and the rest of the gang members are in Marseille prison Baumettes. That said, La Provence notes that Shushanashvili is under heavy security. 23 hours a day he is in complete isolation, the permitted hour of walking he also spends alone; if he complains of health issues, up to 20 fighters of special police forces accompany the thief in law to the hospital.

According to the publication, this is because in 2019, Kakhaber Shushanashvili will face another trial in France. The French authorities intend to convict the crime boss for masterminding the murder of the leader of the rival clan Vladimir Dzhanashiya, nicknamed Lado, in Marseille in 2010.

Meanwhile, according to Kakha Rustavsky’s lawyer Silvio Rossi-Arnaud, the French court demonizes his client.

"My client was convicted only for the fact that he received 400 euros a month in prison and did not have the opportunity to participate in any way, let alone lead the criminal group without access to mobile communications," the lawyer claims.

According to him, he could not orchestrate the murder of Dzhanashiya as well, since he was already in a Spanish prison at that moment.

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Lasha Rustavsky has his problems in Greece

To recap, the elder brother of Kakha Rustavsky, Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky), whom European law enforcers consider the leader of the entire Georgian mafia in the EU, is currently in a Greek prison awaiting the decision of the Thessaloniki court on his extradition to France at the request of Interpol.

The French authorities accuse him of some crimes, some of which, in the opinion of the investigation, were plotted together with his brother. Lasha Shushanashvili declares her innocence and strongly resists extradition. In the court of Thessaloniki, he is defended by a team of seasoned lawyers, including Zoe Konstantopoulou, influential Greek lawyer, and politician, former Greek Parliament Speaker.

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