4 detained for connections with criminal underworld

The detainees face three to ten years in prison. Photo: thelocal.it.

Agenda.ge, 05 Mar 2020 - 15:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor’s Office have detained four Georgia citizens in a joint operation for membership in the criminal underworld and appealing to criminal bosses to settle disputes.

The Interior Ministry says that one of the detainees contacted three other detainees to help him settle a financial dispute with the involvement [via phone] of a so-called, Georgian criminal boss T.Tch, living abroad.

The ministry says that the criminal boss ‘settled the issue’ in favour of the detainee and demanded the individual with whom the detainee had the financial dispute to pay 4,500 GEL and 6,300 USD. 

The detainees exercised pressure on the individual and made him pay 4,500 GEL and 1,800 USD,” the ministry said. 

 The detainees face three to 10 years in prison as Georgia toughened the punishment for such crimes back in 2018 to combat thieves-in-law more effectively.