Italiy: ‘Ndrangheta members sentenced in largest mafia trial in decades

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An Italian court has sentenced 70 members of the powerful mafia group, the ‘Ndrangheta, in the first stage of the biggest mafia trial in decades. Defendants faced charges including attempted murder and extortion. Over the next two years, 355 alleged mobsters and corrupt officials will face court for their involvement with Italy’s richest and most powerful organised crime group. Hundreds of lawyers and nearly a thousand witnesses are involved. Saturday’s ‘maxi trials’ took place behind closed doors in a specially converted courtroom in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme. Those accused had opted for a speedy trial which allowed them to have their sentences reduced by a third if found guilty. Judges handed six of those convicted the maximum 20-year sentence that prosecutors had asked for. Another 21 defendants were acquitted.” (11/07/21)