Kutaisi Court of Appeals upheld the judgement of conviction rendered by Batumi City Court of March 19, 2014, according to which, N.R., citizen of Uzbekistan, convicted of four counts of human trafficking and contract killing, committed by a group aiming to cover another crime, was found guilty and was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 20 years.
Since N.R. was wanted under Interpol’s Red Notice, the court of first instance rendered a judgment of conviction against the convict in absentia. The defense appealed the decision of the City Court after N.R. was extradited from the Russian Federation. The complete investigation of the evidence in the case was conducted at the Court of Appeals, where the convict confessed his crimes in full.
Based on the evidence of the public prosecution and the court judgement, N.R. was trading with citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan – M.R., F.I, Sh.J., D.R., and R.K., - in Batumi from June 24, 2012, through May 31, 2013.
Evidence investigated at the trial revealed that after R.K., one of the trafficking victims, threatened N.R. with reporting their illegal activities to the law enforcement after she returned to her homeland. Intending to cover up his crime, N.R. ordered Kh.R., citizen of Uzbekistan, and K.D., citizen of Georgia, to murder R.K. for 2000USD. These individuals physically abused R.K. in Beshumi resort, Khulo, District, with intention to murder her and hit her in the head with a stone, whereupon they hid her body near the crime scene.
On March 6, 2015, Supreme Court of Georgia found Kh.R. guilty of contract killing committed on mercenary grounds by a group with the aim to cover up another crime (§1(d), §2(e) and §3(c) of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Georgia) and sentenced them to imprisonment for a term of 18 years, while finding K.D. guilty of murder committed by a group (Article 109§(e)) and sentencing them to imprisonment for a term of 15 years.