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The national appellate court of Spain has indicted 14 members of the so-called Russian mafia, who are accused of money laundering. On Thursday, may 30, reports Deutsche Welle.
According to the newspaper, the court sentenced the defendants to imprisonment for a term of three to six months. However, none of them will be sent to prison because the accused spent that time in jail during the investigation. The trial chamber stated that the judge rendered the “soft sentences” due to the fact that the process is “too long”. The Prosecutor demanded for defendants 6 to 8 years in prison.
In October 2018, the Spanish court acquitted 17 people in the case of “Russian mafia”. Then the investigation did not find sufficient evidence that would prove that the suspects were connected with the Tambov and Malyshev organized crime groups.
The case of “Russian mafia” began in June 2005, when Spain detained 28 immigrants from the former USSR and their Spanish accomplices. They were accused of money laundering in the structure of the criminal organization. According to investigators, those arrested in the country has created a network of financial and construction companies, restaurants and bars with the purpose of money laundering on the territory of the former USSR from gambling, extortion and kidnapping. The police opened a criminal case and seized the Bank accounts of detainees, property and cars. In the operation under the code name “Wasp” was attended by German, French, British, Israeli and Russian security forces.
A few hours before the start of the operation the main accused — Tariel Oniani managed to hide from the police. In 2009 he was arrested in Russia and sentenced to 10 years in prison for kidnapping. In April 2019 Oniani was released, but soon was again arrested in connection with the consideration of the question of his extradition at the request of Spain.
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