World kickboxing champion Gvinjilia detained in Moscow on Ukraine’s demand
The athlete has been on the international wanted list since 2012.
National Central Bureau of Interpol in Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has detained four-time world champion in kickboxing Irakli Gvinjilia for stealing money in Ukraine, reported Irina Volk, the spokesperson of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Gvinjilia has been on the international wanted list since 2012, after Zhytomyrsky Court of Ukraine sentenced him to three years in prison for a theft. According to investigators, the kickboxer stole money from a cafe customer at a petrol station while he was at a sports training base near Zhytomyr.
Gvinjilia committed crimes in Russia too. He was caught stealing 70.000 rubles ($1.185) from the assistant to the leader of Liberal Democratic Party of Russia at Moscow’s Shokoladnitsa cafe, but was released on the condition that he doesn’t leave the country.
Irakli Gvinjilia had been in the Georgian national kickboxing team, he is a multiple champion of the country. He became K-1 world champion in 2004, and repeated his success three more times.
Since early February, there has been a preventive operation of the National Police of Ukraine in cooperation with the border and migration services called ‘Migrant’. Its aim is to identify and expel thieves in law and foreign crime lords out of the country.