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Georgian mafia boss ‘eludes’ Greek police

A Spanish prosecutor suggested yesterday that a lack of cooperation by Greek police was the reason for their failure to arrest the head of a Georgian crime gang, dozens of whose members have been arrested across Europe. «We did not perhaps have the necessary cooperation on the part of the [Greek] security forces to arrest the gang’s chief,» Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor Antonio Salinas said. Police on Monday arrested dozens of alleged gang members in swoops in Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy. Salinas was quoted as saying that Lasha Shushanashvili, the alleged ring leader, had been in Greece «but now we do not know where he could be.» Greek police sources said yesterday that they received a tip-off that Shushanashvili had been staying at a hotel in Thessaloniki on Monday and »immediately» dispatched officers who did not find him there.