Three thieves in law detained at mob summit in Spain
According to the Spanish police, the crime bosses discussed the plan for the physical elimination of the rival mafia clan leader, as well as measures to reorganize the organized criminal group (OCG) of the Shushanashvili brothers, which was defeated by the siloviki in June during the Kus operation.
The Spanish National Police dealt another powerful blow to organized crime from the CIS countries in the province of Malaga. In the Andalusian city of Marbella, which is known as the residence of Russian criminals and thieves in law since the late 90's, Spanish law enforcers exposed a mob summit in one of the city restaurants.
According to the news agency Columna Cero, as a result of the special operation, three thieves in law were detained, whose names are not yet reported in the interests of the investigation. It is known that among the detainees there is a citizen of Armenia with the initials A.S, who lived in Lithuania, and also two citizens of Georgia (L.B. and I.P.). It is reported that all three were arrested by the Marbella court without the right to secede on bail on suspicion of attempted murder, forgery of documents and membership in the criminal community. During the searches, Polish and Ukrainian false documents were found for their names and a large amount of cash.
Spanish media call all three “the leaders of the mafia clans,” and they call one of the detained Georgian crime bosses “number 3 among the bosses of the Russian mafia around the world.” It is reported that A.S. came to the attention of law enforcement agencies when, while in Lithuania, he tried to take control of the criminal groups disconnected as a result of the June Kus operation.
According to the National Police of Spain, thieves in law were detained during a meeting, where they discussed the plan to assassinate the leader of a competing mafia clan, as well as measures to revive the Armenian-Georgian criminal syndicate, virtually eliminated by the siloviki during Operation Kus in June 2018.
To recap, earlier this summer more than 800 Spanish security forces with the participation of Interpol conducted a large-scale operation code-named Kus, during which 74 searches were conducted in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Albacete, Murcia, Girona, and Granada. In different parts of the country, 129 immigrants from Georgia and Armenia were detained by policemen, including seven thieves in law.
The detainees were charged with corruption, extortion, illegal possession of weapons, drug trafficking, money laundering, apartment robbery, tobacco smuggling, document forgery and fraud. The OCG, which was eliminated by European security officials for two and a half years, was led by the already detained at that time in European prisons crime boss brothers Lasha and Kakhaber Shushanashvili.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.