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Shakro the Young will grow old in Georgian prison2010-12-10 21:39
Thief in law Zakhari Kalashov known among thieves as Shakro the Young has got few chances to avoid extradition to Georgia. Spanish government has already taken a decision on sending him back to his native country. The final word is left with the Plenum of Spanish National Court Chamber, which is to hold a session today. In Georgia, Kalashov is accused of organizing drug traffic from South-African countries to Europe and is sentenced in absence to 18 years of imprisonment. However, Georgian authorities' activity on Shakro the Young's return has got a political background.
Shakro the Young spent only five days after being released from Spanish prison. He was arrested in 2006 in United Arab Emirates during the Osa joint Spanish police operation, though the sentence on a charge of money laundering was awarded only on 1 June 2010. Shakro the Young was sentenced to seven and a half years of imprisonment but had already served half of the time by the moment the sentence was awarded and was released on bail after a written undertaking not to leave the place under a general pardon. He paid 360 thousand dollars and was just to register at the police station twice a week.
However, his happiness did not last long. He was said to be planning to quietly live in the Spanish backcountry. He had time for a single telephone call to Moscow, where he had plenty of enemies and traitors. When Shakro was put to prison, the clans of Old Hasan (Aslan Usoyan) and Taro (Tariel Oniani) started dividing his assets. He wanted to settle accounts with the traitors but no way: they are now "protected" by Old Hasan who was also nearly killed.
Five days after Zakhari Kalashov was released he was arrested once again, this time, by the order of Georgian authorities attaining his extradition.
In Georgia, the investigation of the much publicized drug traffic criminal case with Kalashov as a central figure was started simultaneously with his arrest in Emirates. In October 2006, he was sentenced in absence for 18 years of imprisonment, while his property in the country was confiscated. Now the fashionable 30-million-dollar mansion in the outskirts of the Georgian capital is housing Financial Monitoring Service.
However, Tbilisi did not stop and used all of its influence on Spain to attain extradition of the thief to his native country. According to the sources close to Georgian government, the decision on extradition was based upon Mikheil Saakashvili and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez' personal agreement.