Monday, November 8, 2021

Italy convicts 70 'Ndrangheta in major mafia trial

An Italian judge found 70 defendants guilty in the first sentencing at one of the country's largest mafia trials. The 'Ndrangheta clan is based in Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot. It is considered the most powerful mafia group in the country, eclipsing the Cosa Nostra in Sicily. Key 'Ndrangheta were handed jail sentences of up to 20 years for charges including extortion, drug trafficking and theft. Over the next two years, 355 mobsters and corrupt officials will face court for their crimes. Hundreds of lawyers and nearly a thousand witnesses are involved. Boss Luigi Mancuso, 67, 'the Uncle', and ex-senator Giancarlo Pittelli, 68, who prosecutors say was his white-collar fixer, will face longer court trials later.