Extradition of the Alleged Russian Gang Boss, Accused of 60 Murders
- Aslan Gagiyev, also known as Dzhako, was flown to Russia after losing a long run legal battle.
- Russia has accused Dzhako’s gang of murdering about 60 people including the mayor of the city of Vladikavkaz.
- The 47-year-old, who is accused of organizing a criminal gang, banditry, murder, weapons trafficking and embezzlement, will be held in custody at Moscow.
- “Gagiyev is accused of involvement in dozens of contract killings including of law enforcement chiefs, top officials and well-known businessmen” – Irina Volk (Interior Ministry Spokesperson)
- Dzhako was arrested at Vienna’s main train station in January 2015 on an international warrant.
- He was freed after a bail of 100,000 euros in February 2016, and was taken back into custody in September 2017 after being rejected for appeal in Austria’s high court.
- His gang committed killings in Moscow, Moscow region and North Ossetia.
- At least 22 of the gang members have been convicted already with few receiving life sentences.
- Dzhako denied his wrongdoing and said it was a political move for Russia having him extradited.