Italy opens 'maxi-trial' against 'ndrangheta organised crime syndicate
"I think it's the first time that the son of a boss has decided to turn against his father in 'ndrangheta and he's the pivotal testimony for this trial," said University of Oxford professor Federico Varese.
#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. 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 opens the trial of 350 suspected members and aides of the organized crime group 'ndrangheta, including politicians, lawyers and businessmen, in the southern region of Calabria. The trial is the biggest to prosecute organized crime in the past three decades. The defendants are charged with various crimes dating back to the 1990s, including drug trafficking, murder, illegal possession of weapons and money laundering. Prosecutors expect to hear testimony from over 900 witnesses, many of whom would be breaking the mafia's code of silence. Some 90 suspects are set to have a summary trial on January 27. Mexico's Congress has passed a national security law that restricts the powers of US Drug Enforcement Administration agents operating in the country, requiring them to share information with their Mexican counterparts.
The US says it is a major setback in the fight against international organised crime networks.
The law also follows the detention of Mexico's former defence secretary on drug charges in the US.
Al Jazeera's John Holman reports from Mexico City, Mexico.