Monday, July 17, 2017

Final 11 in Quebec mob bust Project Clemenza see charges stayed

The final 11 accused in the massive mob bust 'Project Clemenza' have been allowed to walk. Prosecutors say the Crown asked for the stay after concluding it wouldn’t be able to provide answers to technical questions from the defence.
This would be the 'Stingray' cell phone surveillance that the RCMP holds dearly in the fight against terrorism. At the time of the arrests, the RCMP boasted and/or gloated about an investigative tactic that saw more than one million private PIN to PIN BlackBerry messages intercepted between 2010 and 2012. Clemenza was the biggest anti-Mafia police sweep by federal authorities since its takedown of the Rizzuto crime family during Operation Colisée in 2006.

Included among the men who saw their cases tossed was Marco Pizzi, 47. Antonio Ciavaglia 58, and Franco Albanese, 50, also walked. Messages intercepted during Clemenza revealed that Vittorio Mirarchi was working in full partnership with Raynald Desjardins while they plotted to kill Salvatore Montagna. Desjardins is serving a 14-year sentence for his leading role in the murder plot. The others involved are still awaiting sentencing.
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