Kommersant: “Final charges pressed against leader of the gang Gagiev”

The Investigative Committee of Russia reports that the investigation into Aslan Gagiev charged with leading the gang that killed 60 people in different regions of Russia has been completed. The defendant and his lawyers have started to read the investigation materials. Earlier Kommersant newspaper reported that Gagiev was charged in the final edition.

“In the final edition, he is charged with offences under Articles 210, 209 (three times), 105, and 222 of the Criminal Code of Russia (organisation of a criminal community; organisation of a gang; murder; illegal turnover of arms). Defendant Gagiev did not admit his guilt in the crimes charged and refused to testify,” said Svetlana Petrenko, the official spokesperson for the Investigative Committee of Russia.

The extradition trial began in 2015 when Aslan Gagiev had been detained in Austria. In autumn 2017, the Higher Regional Court of Vienna issued a final decision on his extradition.

He was supposed to be transferred to Moscow later in 2017 but his defence lawyers provided a note stating that he suffered from aerophobia. Upon court’s decision, the defendant was examined by two Austrian specialists who concluded unanimously that Aslan Gagiev had been faking the disease. He was sent to Moscow by a regular Aeroflot flight. On the flight, the criminal was accompanied by officers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, Federal Security Service and National Central Bureau of Interpol of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. Heavily guarded, he was delivered to a pre-trial detention facility.