Saturday, January 21, 2017

Montreal Mafia leaders opt for jury trial in gangsterism case

Montreal Mafia leaders Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito have opted for a trial by jury when their case goes to court this winter. The men will stand trial on charges of gangsterism and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
Rizzuto, the second-oldest son of former Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, was one of 43 people rounded up by police on Nov. 19, 2015, as part of operation Magot-Mastiff, a critical blow to organized crime in the city.

Six others appeared at the courthouse, including gang leader Gregory Woolley. Woolley, Eric Bourgeois, Martin Girard, André Sauvageau, Gaétan Sévigny and Wesley Jean-Marie will also stand trial for charges related to operation Magot-Mastiff.

All of the accused are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 25.