Extradition hearing postponed for crime boss suspect

Extradition hearing postponed for crime boss suspect

Greece’s Supreme Court has postponed an extradition appeal hearing for the alleged head of an international crime ring after the suspect complained of feeling unwell and made his court appearance in a wheelchair.

The court on Tuesday rescheduled the hearing of 57-year-old Lasha Shushanashvili until July 20. The Georgian national, who is suspected of leading a network that specialized in burglaries and robberies, was among 14 people arrested in Greece in April.

Another 17 suspected ring members were arrested in France, which is seeking Shushanashvili’s extradition.

Shushanashvili first was arrested in Greece in 2012 and sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment for heading an international criminal ring allegedly involved in armed robberies and at least one contract killing.

He secured early release in fewer than three years on health grounds. [AP]

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