Italy: 'Cornerstone' mafia trial begins with hundreds in dock
In Italy, the trial of more than 350 suspected members and associates of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate got under way.
The charges include murder, extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking. Most of the accused are appearing on video link from their jail cells.
Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker rome from Rome, Italy.
#Italy's largest #mafia #trial in more than 30 years opened Wednesday involving more than 350 alleged members and associates of the feared 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate. The so-called "maxi-trial", held in a specially converted courtroom in the southern Calabrian town of Lamezia Terme, is expected to run for at least a year. One of #Italy's largest-ever #mafia #trials kicked off on Wednesday, with more than 320 suspected mobsters and their associates facing an array of charges, including extortion, drug trafficking and theft. FRANCE 24's Seema Gupta tells us more. An Italian prosecutor has told Sky News he will not be intimidated at the start of the biggest mafia trial in decades.
More than 350 people allegedly linked to the Ndrangheta crime syndicate in Calabria will face charges including murder, drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering. One of the biggest mafia trials in history has kicked off in Calabria, Italy. As Chris Livesay reports, a special court had to be built just to accommodate the proceedings against hundreds of alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, accused of trafficking drugs around the world.
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