Vor Lavasoglu Batumsky goes on hunger strike in Turkish prison

Vor Lavasoglu Batumsky goes on hunger strike in Turkish prison
Lavasoglu Batumsky

The thief demands to extradite him to Georgia, where he was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison.

Georgian thief in law Mindiya Goradze (Lavasoglu Batusmky) has gone on a dry hunger strike in Turkish prison, demanding to extradite him to Georgia, where he is sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison for being a thief in law. This is reported by Interfax-Azerbaijan

Goradze, who has been put on the wanted list by Interpol, was detained in Turkey in the autumn of 2018.

‘Mindiya Goradze has been serving his sentence in Turkish prison for almost 6 months without knowing his charge. Turkish government asks Georgian government whether it intends to extradite him, and Tbilisi says that the extradition period expires in May this year,” lawyer Lekso Kobaidze told journalists. According to Kobaidze, the thief in law has gone on a dry hunger strike in connection with the inaction of the Georgian authorities. 

In July 2018, Georgian court found Goradze guilty for being a thief in law. In addition, he was charged with Extortion and Preventing Journalists from Carrying out their Professional Activities. Goradze was sentenced in absentia to 12 years’ imprisonment. 

According to Georgian Prosecutor’s Office, in 2014–2015, the thief in law maintained contact with crime lords in Georgia, received information from them about the situation in the criminal world, and gave instructions to increase his influence. In addition, he took part in the collection of contributions to the common fund, the prosecutor's office reported.

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