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Georgian criminals find way to the West

2009-08-28 23:46

3797.jpegThe main "Georgian export" item to Russia as the Georgian leader put it seems to have reached Europe. A gang of Georgian emigrants specializing in home and shop burglaries was detained in Spain. In light of facilitation of visa regime that was promised to Mikheil Saakashvili after his accession to Eastern Partnership the prospects of massive trips to the West for the citizens of Georgia after the notorious case of the bandits look rather vague.


The detention of the Georgian gang robbing homes and shops had two stages, Russian Spain reports. Eight arrests were carried out on August 21, the last six were made on August 26. During searches of their apartments high-value items whose value has not been defined yet of were found.

According to the Spanish Interior Ministry press center the pursuit of the group went on for three months and a half. According to preliminary information the Georgian gang is in charge of 55 robberies. The criminal group specialized in home burglaries, car hijacking and sale of false EU passports.

The export of criminals is not a novelty for Georgia. As early as in spring President Mikheil Saakashvili proudly said the republic's main export item to Russia was not wine but mafia bosses and other criminal elements. "Our laws are as rigid as in the USA",- the Georgian leader underlined then.

Saakashvili was wrong. In July the criminal group robbing transit trains carrying cargos for Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Armenia was detained in Batumi. As Georgia Times reported earlier the bandits unsealed the carriages, reloaded equipment, construction materials, and household appliances from the sealed carriages onto trucks. At the time of arrest the police seized goods worth USD 1 mln from the detainees.

There is a track of the Georgian criminals in Armenia. In Erevan a group of thieves from Georgia robbed a VTB-Armenia branch but due to prompt actions of the Armenian detectives the group was detained and neutralized attempting to cross the Armenian-Georgian border.

Now over a dozen of Mikehil Nikolaevich's compatriots are incarcerated in Spain. The inquest will investigate how they got to Madrid. Apparently now Western consular agencies will examine Georgian citizens more scrupulously before granting a visa.

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