Case of killers from Gagiev gang to be considered in Moscow because of threats to witnesses
The Supreme Court of Russia has changed the territorial jurisdiction in the case of Aslan Gagiev's (Dzhako) killer gang. Thus, the Supreme Court has granted the petition of the Prosecutor General's Office, which believes that the trial in North Ossetia threatens the security of the participants in the trial.
The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has referred a criminal case to the Moscow District Military Court on 12 alleged members of Aslan Gagiev's gang, who are accused of more than 40 murders and attempted murders. This is reported by Business FM with reference to the Supreme Court of Russia. The decision was read out by judge Elena Peysikova.
The Supreme Court of Russia has granted the request of the Prosecutor General's Office to change the jurisdiction when considering the criminal case of the Gagiev gang in connection with the need to ensure the safety of participants in the process.
The supervisory authority believes that when considering the case on territorial jurisdiction – in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania there is a risk of personal security threat. This, according to the representative of the Prosecutor General's Office, is indicated by the attempts to put pressure on the victims and witnesses of the prosecution. In particular, threats against witnesses came from the persons involved in the case, notes the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation.
The lawyers of the accused are dissatisfied with the decision of the Supreme Court. They believe that the court violated the right of their clients to defend, and they also protest against sending the case exactly to a military court, rather than to a general jurisdiction gouty, because, according to them, none of the accused at the time of the incriminated crimes was an employee of law enforcement agencies.
12 defendants of the criminal case are accused of involvement in a criminal community, banditry, murders, and attempts at murder, kidnapping of a person, encroachment on the lives of law enforcement officers and illegal trafficking of arms and ammunition. Among the accused, there are ex-officers of the special rapid reaction group Bulat of the MIA troops, the holders of an order Viktor Pronin and Andrey Sankin, as well as the former operative of the criminal investigation Ruslan Yurtov.
The leader of the gang Aslan Gagiev is not on the case with them. After the announcement in the international search in 2014, a year later he was detained in Austria and on June 20, 2018, after a number of attempts by his lawyers to prevent his extradition, he was finally expelled to Russia. He was officially charged with organizing a criminal community (part 1, article 210 of the Criminal Code), several gangs who h were parts of the community (Article 209 of the Criminal Code), as well as six premeditated murders (Article 105 of the Criminal Code). The investigation considers that the criminal organization created and headed by Gagiev in 2004 consisted of more than 50 participants. By now 23 members of the OCG have already been sentenced to long prison terms, including two life imprisonments. 13 people remain in custody, seven are put on the international wanted list, one of the members of the OCG Georgy Kusov is detained in Belgium and is currently awaiting extradition to Russia.
As a result of the gang's criminal activities, 60 people were killed in the territory of Moscow, the Moscow region and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, including the mayor of Vladikavkaz Vitaliy Karayev, the vice-premier of North Ossetia Kazbek Pagiyev and dozens of bankers, entrepreneurs and law enforcement officers. Also among the most resonant crimes in which, according to the investigation, the members of the Gagiev's OCG were involved, there is the murder in 2004 in Moscow of the owner of the bank National Capital Dmitry Plytnik, the murder of the owner of Sodbusinessbank Alexander Slesarev, his wife, daughter and a random companion in Moscow region in 2015. The criminal case of the Gagiev's killer gang counts 3 thousand volumes, while all murders, according to the ICR, were ordered. Aslan Gagiev himself does not admit his guilt.