More than 200 defendants in the largest trial against the Italian mafia ‘Ndrangheta have been convicted in the first sentence of the first macro-trial against this criminal organization, considered one of the strongest and most violent in the world.
Of the 343 accused, 131 were acquitted or their crimes were declared statute-barred and the rest were convicted, 208totaling about 2,100 years in prisoncompared to the 4,744 claimed by the Prosecutor’s Office, according to local media reports.
The trial opened in January 2021 against 343 accused of belonging to or collaborating with the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia, one of the most powerful and bloodthirsty criminal organizations on the planet.
So much so that the process it has been celebrated in a bunker built in an industrial estate from the Calabrian town of Lamezia Terme for security reasons but also to be able to accommodate the accused and their defensive teams.
After a month of deliberations, and after read the sentence for almost two hoursjudges have convicted dozens of gangsters, politicians and local authorities.