Alleged kingpin of Russian crime on trial in Munich
Lawyers for the alleged mobsters showered the court with motions to stop the trial.
Munich -- The alleged head of the main Russian organized crime family in Germany's Bavaria state went on trial on Friday as lawyers for the alleged mobsters showered the court with motions to stop the trial.
The 39-year-old defendant was indicted with running a criminal organization.
Two alleged mafia lieutenants, aged 31 and 30, were accused of being members of the crime syndicate, which allegedly ran protection rackets, trafficked drugs and spread counterfeit money in the prosperous state starting in 2001.
Before the indictment was read one lawyer stood up and demanded an adjournment. He said he had not been given enough time to read the court papers and suspected police of withholding some documents.
Another lawyer moved to have the judges removed on the grounds of bias. He said this was because they had not taken account of his schedule when setting the trial date.
The court has scheduled hearing dates until Jan. 8, 2009.