The infamous leader of the killers’ criminal group Aslan Gagiev, nicknamed Dzhako, was not extradited to Russia from Austria despite the existing decision of the Supreme Court of Vienna to do this. At the last moment, Gagiev’s lawyers successfully claimed he suffers from a nasty form of aerophobia.
Gagiev is suspected of creating a criminal gang and orchestrating 60 murders.
The killer “number one” was detained in Vienna in January 2015, but set free after paying bail set at 100,000 EUR. Then, he tried to move to Bulgaria but the authorities accused him of using a fake passport – and sought his extradition. The Austrian court rejected the Bulgarian request and granted the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation to extradite Gagiev to Russia.
Gagiev was on his way to Vienna airport after his lawyers presented documentation claiming that is a chance he would not be able to survive the flight due to a newly contracted and severe fear of flying. Gagiev’s lawyers also applied to Vienna’s highest court, arguing that he would not be well looked after in a Russian prison.
Experts believes that this case is not about aerophobia. Dzhako simply knows that an inevitable punishment and a life sentence awaits him in Russia.
Additionally, Gagiev’s legal team has vowed to take the fight to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if the Austrian court sides with Russia.
Here you can see the European values and selective justice. What if criminals and corrupt officials hiding in Europe from Russia, China and other states start making “coming outs”? No doubts, this move will prevent the European Union from extraditing them to the states with “non-tolerant” regimes.