The ‘Ndrangheta is one of the most influential criminal organizations
More than 200 defendants in one of Italy’s biggest mafia trials in years have been sentenced to a total of more than 2,200 years in prison. During the three-year trial, individuals allegedly linked to the ‘Ndrangheta organization were convicted of crimes ranging from extortion to drug trafficking.
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One of the key figures on trial was Giancarlo Pittelli, a lawyer and former senator from former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. He received an 11-year sentence for conspiring with a mafia-type organization. The rest are civil servants, professionals from various industries and high-ranking officials who were crucial to the ‘Ndrangheta’s success in penetrating the legitimate economy and state institutions.
The ‘Ndrangheta is one of the most influential criminal organizations in Europe. The case illustrates the widespread influence of the Mafia on politics and society in southern Italy. The convictions can still be appealed.
‘Ndrangheta members convicted in Italy’s biggest mafia trial