Italian justice handed down a total of 2,200 years in prison for 230 defendants in the biggest organized crime trial in decades.
The convicts are connected to the Calabrian mafia – Ndragheta. Among them is a former Italian senator from the party of the late Silvio Berlusconi.
The charges are murder, extortion, drug trafficking, theft, usury, abuse of power and money laundering. The process lasted 3 years. The court panel in the case was placed under police protection. The reading of the sentence itself lasted an hour and 40 minutes.
The case shed light on the Mafia’s deep penetration of legitimate Italian institutions and economy, as well as tentacles reaching into South America and Australia. About 100 accused were acquitted. Today’s verdicts at first instance may be appealed.
Ndragheta is believed to control over 80% of the European cocaine market. The group has a turnover of around 60 billion euros per year.
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