Friday, October 7, 2016

Key Testimony in Leonardo Rizzuto, Stefano Sollecito preliminary inquiry

Leonardo Rizzuto Testimony from an unnamed witness will be part of the preliminary inquiry in Project Mastiff, a lengthy drug trafficking investigation into Leonardo Rizzuto, 47, and Stefano Sollecito, 48, alleged Mafia leaders who were arrested along with 46 other people last November.

Publication bans on photos of informants have been routine, but preventing the publication of an informant’s name is a rare step. All of the people charged in Project Mastiff already know the man’s name.
Stefano Sollecito
Loris CavaliereRizzuto, the son of now-deceased Mob boss Vito Rizzuto, was denied bail months ago and sat among several other accused in a prisoner’s dock designed to seat dozens. Sollecito, who was granted bail and is suffering from cancer, was not present for the hearing.

Also not present was lawyer Loris Cavaliere. His lawyer, Martin Subak, informed Fafard that Cavaliere, 62, intends to renounce his right to be part of the preliminary inquiry. The defence lawyer is charged with participating in the activities of a criminal organization, cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Another person who asked for permission to attend only part of the preliminary inquiry was Alexandra Mongeau, 26, the daughter of Maurice (Mom) Boucher.

Alexandra Mongeau
Maurice (Mom) BoucherProject Mastiff uncovered a plot to murder Raynald Desjardins, 62, a longtime associate of Vito Rizzuto. Desjardins is awaiting his sentence after pleading guilty to taking part in a plot to murder Salvatore Montagna, who was a leading member of a group that tried to take control of the Mafia in Montreal until he was killed on Nov. 24, 2011.

Maurice (Mom) Boucher who is serving a life sentence at a penitentiary in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, is alleged to have issued the order to kill Desjardins. Boucher used his pregnant daughter, Alexandra Mongeau, to relay messages to Gregory Woolley, 43, a former underling in the Hells Angels who acted as Boucher’s bodyguard during the 1990s. Woolley is alleged to have been the key man in the alliance of organized crime groups uncovered by Project Magot and Mastiff. The conspiracy to murder Desjardins began in July and ended on Nov. 9.
Gregory Woolley

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