Aslan Gagiev suspected of orchestrating 60 assassinations to be extradited to Russia by train
This is how the Austrian Supreme Court dealt with the obstacles that Gagiev’s attorneys exploited to oppose his extradition to Russia. In Russia, Gagiev is suspected of creating a gang of hitmen responsible for dozens of deaths.
The Austrian Supreme Court dismissed complaints of attorneys of Aslan Gagiev aka Dzhako regarding the Vienna District Court’s decision to extradite the leader of the gang of hitmen, according to Kommersant.
This is how the Austrian Supreme Court dealt with the obstacle that did not allow extraditing Dzhako suspected of orchestrating 60 assassinations. His attorneys wanted the motion of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to be reviewed by the court of original jurisdiction. They argued mistakes had been made by courts. The attorneys also claimed Dzhako suffers from aerophobia. He had been nearly taken off a plane taking him to Moscow in 2017. The attorneys produced a document proving Gagiev had developed a rare form of fear of aircrafts while in Austrian prison; he may not survive the trip if sent on a plane. The attorneys challenged previous decisions to extradite Gagiev while the Russian Ministry of Justice and Interpol dealt with the document.
Gagiev’s fear of aircrafts will be dealt with during a separate hearing, according to Kommersant’s sources. Meanwhile, his phobia is no longer an obstacle for his extradition.
Now Russian and Austrian police have to decide how to get the defendant to Moscow by land. The police are considering sending him by a train or a car.
The trial would have taken additional 1.5-2 years had the case review been ordered, Kommersant reports. The attorneys could use this time to file a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, demanding the decision to extradite Gagiev be vetoed. It would have been hard to predict when he would have been extradited in such scenario.
Let us remind you that Greece had extradited Gagiev’s right hand man Artur Dzhioev in February. He has already been officially charged. Dzhioev pleaded not guilty.
To recall, Gagiev had been arrested in Vienna in early 2015. In Russia, he is suspected of creating one of the most brutal gangs that assassinated at least 60 public officials, bankers, businesspeople, and police officers from 2004 onward.
17 members of the gang have been sentenced to life in prison. 14 people are still in jail. 8 people have been put on the international and Russian federal wanted lists.