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US News Maxi-Trial aimed at the Mafia in Italy: 70 sentences pronounced

00:15  07 november  2021
00:15  07 november  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Italian justice has worn a blow on Saturday to the Ndrangheta, the most powerful Mafie group in Italy, condemning 70 of its members and other people with links with it, as part of the biggest lawsuit of the Mafia since The late 1980s.

Judge Claudio Paris read the verdicts rendered against 91 accused in the immense courtroom of the city of Lamezia Terme, in Calabria (South), where a "Maxi-Trial", that of hundreds of presumed members and collaborators of the organized crime union 'Ndrangheta.

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355 Accused still need to be tried, the proceedings being planned for two years or more.

Investigations took several years and culminated with raids carried out in December 2019.

The 91 people who have just been sentenced had opted for a rapid trial, in camera, which allowed them, in case of conviction, to see their penalty amputated from a third party.

The famous Prosecutor Antimafia Nicola Grapti - That his efforts to overcome the 'Ndrangheta forced to live under police protection for more than 30 years - said everything had "very well" last Saturday.

"On 91 accused, 70 presumed innocents were sentenced," he said to the Adnkronos Italian news agency, adding that people who were acquitted were minor actors. Some people have been inflicted the maximum of 20 years required by prosecutors.

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About one-third of this group was sentenced to sentences of ten years or more and 21 people were paid, said M. Gratteri.

of the eight for which the Prosecution had required 20 years in prison, six received the totality of this sentence, including Pasquale Gallone, 62, who helped orchestrate the three years of caval of his boss from 2014, two. years after Luigi Mancuso came out of prison after spending 19 years.

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The main accused have opted for a normal trial, namely Luigi Mancuso "Uncle", 67, considered the leader of the families of the 'Ndrangheta who dominated the province of Vibo Valentia in Calabria, and the former senator and lawyer Giancarlo Pittelli, 68 years old.

'Ndrangheta, Calabria, the poorest region of Italy, controls most of the cocaine flow between Europe.

This network of about 150 families competing for positions within the organization has at least 6,000 members and affiliates in Calabria and thousands of others support it around the world, according to experts.

Although it is now internationally and its earnings are reinvested in the legal economy, the capacity of 'Ndrangheta to infiltrate almost all segments of the public administration in Calabria allowed him to obtain lucrative contracts and to consolidate his power.

The defendants sentenced on Saturday were to meet mafiaous association, attempted murder, money laundering, drug trafficking, extortion and illegal possession of weapons.

The maxi-trial takes place in a huge courtroom capable of hosting hundreds of lawyers defending their customers and the more than 900 charges and the 58 discharge controls.

The legendary Maxi-Trial of 1986-1987 had for its part, worn a blow to Cosa Nostra Sicilian, with 338 convictions.

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