Rassoul Bissoultanov is handed over to Italian justice: this is the news that Niccolò Ciatti’s family has been waiting for for a while. The Russian citizen of Chechen descent is accused of kicking the young Florentine in the head in a Spanish nightclub four years ago.
“De Farnesina is very pleased with the decision of the German judicial authorities regarding the surrender to the Italian authorities of the Russian citizen of Chechen descent Rassoul Bissoultanov, who is held responsible for the brutal murder of the young compatriot Niccolò Ciatti, who took place on August 13, 2017 in Spain,” a note from the Farnesina reads. Bissoultanov is the young man who, in the video recorded that night, sees Niccolò beating a kick in a nightclub in Lloret de Mar.
The surrender authorization follows a European arrest warrant issued by the Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office in 2020, on the basis of which the German authorities arrested the Russian citizen on their territory on 3 August.
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“The constant contacts of the embassies in Berlin and Madrid with their respective local authorities have made it possible to achieve this important result, which is essential to prevent the accused from escaping justice,” concludes the note from the Farnesina. This was precisely the fear of the relatives that Rassoul Bissoultanov might escape the Spanish and Italian justice. The young Russian was arrested in Kehl on August 3. He was subject to a European arrest warrant issued by Italy. The trial against Bissoultanov, and another Chechen, will start on November 26 in Girona.
Bissoultanov, an MMA fighter immortalized by the cameras at St. Trop’s nightclub as he launches the shovel that sends Niccolò to the ground, was arrested a few days after that crazy night. He spent four years in prison in Spain, but was released in June due to the expiry of the term of preventive detention. The trial against him in the court of Girona was actually not to start until November 26. Reason why the Spanish justice has decided to release him and force him weekly signature requirement. An obligation that the 29-year-old, at least according to Luigi Ciatti’s lawyers, has never shied away from.
Still free, however, the other accused of Niccolò’s death, Movsar Magomadov, also arrested in 2017 by Spanish agents, released two years later and arrested again in Strasbourg last February, thanks to the same arrest warrant from the Rome prosecutor’s office that handcuffed Bissoultanov. Italy had also asked for his extradition so that the trial would take place in Rome. But in recent months, Madrid had returned to assert its jurisdiction in the case, so France had rejected that request. And in May, Magomadov also returned to freedom.