The biggest trial against the mafia in Italy, 2000 years in prison for the 200 members of the 'Ndrangheta
In the most voluminous process ever developed in Italy against the mafia, sentences were announced for 200 members of the "Ndrangheta" ranging from a few months to 30 years in prison, a total of more than 2000 years in prison.
The high-security courtroom was constructed in a warehouse in the city of Lamezia Terme in the southern region of Calabria. The affairs of the 'Ndrangheta were examined in this hall of high security since January 2021.
Central to the process were the powerful Mancuso clan from the province of Vibo Valentia as well as its supporters and aides to its supporters. The prosecution demanded 5,000 years in prison for those accused of drug smuggling, creation of mafia organizations, money laundering, bribery and attempted murder.
For a large number of accused who are considered mafia bosses, the prosecution requested the maximum sentence of 30 years of imprisonment. Also among those convicted was the 70-year-old former member of parliament, Giancarlo Pittelli, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Along with the Ndrangheta members, there were also helpers of the Calabrian mafia in the ranks of the police, politics, business, mayors and civil servants.
Most of the accused, who went on trial in Lamezia Terme, were arrested in 2019 in a wave of coordinated action in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria only after dozens of members of the 'Ndrangheta broke the pact of silence, the so-called Omerta .
The 'Ndrangheta has its roots in Calabria, but meanwhile it is active in about 40 countries, including Germany. Thanks to its almost monopoly, the European cocaine trade, this is the richest and most powerful Italian mafia organization that has managed to subdue the state apparatus.
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