How Italy targeted Ndrangheta crime group in the biggest mafia trial in 30 years

Italian authorities have constructed a highly secured 1,000-capacity courtroom with cells to hold the prisoners in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme.

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Italy’s largest mafia trial in more than three decade has started in Calabria.

Italy has opened a huge trial of 325 defendants connected to the powerful ‘Ndrangheta crime organization. Charges on the organization range from drug trafficking and murder to corruption and money laundering in Calabria’s southern region.

Italian authorities have constructed a highly secured 1,000-capacity courtroom with cells to hold the prisoners in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme.

Most of the defendants were caught in December of 2019 after a lengthy investigation that started in 2016. It covered at least 11 Italian territories.

About 2,500 officers participated in raids focused on defendants in Vibo Valentia, Calabria, the heart of an area dominated mainly by the’ Ndrangheta’s Mancuso clan.

An elite carabinieri unit of police arrested several suspects hiding in bunkers located behind sliding staircases, hidden trapdoors, and maintenance holes.

A view taken on the 15th of December 2020 shows the inside of a new bunker room built for the ‘Ndrangheta mafia group’ trial.

A former senator, a police chief, local councilors, and businessmen accused of assisting the mafia were also arrested in Bulgaria, Germany, and Switzerland.

An anti-mafia prosecutor, Nicola Gratteri, who led the investigation, told a source that it was the biggest operation against the criminal organizations since the 1986-92 Palermo maxi trials.

Gratteri’s team has acquired 24,000 wiretaps and encrypted conversations to back up their charges for the trial.

Today the’ Ndrangheta is the most powerful criminal organization in Italy and one of the richest in the world. A report in 2013 revealed that it was more financially powerful than Deutsche Bank and McDonald’s combined.

According to researchers, the secret of its success lies in its profound embeddedness in Calabria.

“This is the trial of all honest business people and citizens, who for years have suffered attacks and harassment from the mafia bosses who threatened them into paying the protection money,” said Gratteri.

The prosecutor added, “I hope that these trials can signal a true renaissance for the people of Calabria who have been tired of living with the’ Ndrangheta.”

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