When the Italians call their group prosecutions of Mobsters ‘Maxi Trials’, they are not exaggerating.
A three-year trial, with Hundreds of defendants and lawyers, thousands of pieces of evidence, in a specially-built secure courtroom, tackling some of the most dangerous organized crime figures in the country, belonging to a poweful Calabrese group.
In the end, they convicted and sentenced more than 200 people of crimes including criminal association, extortion and bribery, in Italy’s largest mafia trial in three decades.
The Guardian reported:
“The verdicts mark the end of a three-year “maxi trial” held in a high-security courtroom in the southern Calabria region built specifically to hold up to 350 defendants, accommodate 400 lawyers and hear from the 900 witnesses providing testimony against an extensive network of members belonging to the notorious ’Ndrangheta.”
And it was no ‘kangaroo court’ either, as more than 100 individuals were acquitted by the court in Lamezia Terme.
The trial sentencing represents a significant blows to date against the crime syndicate that controls on the European cocaine trade.
“Almost all of the defendants were arrested in…
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