AFP news agency Reported from Lamezia Terme, Italy on November 21, that Mrs. Brigida Cavacino, judge and president of the court in Vibo Valentia It took more than one and a half hours to continuously read the names of the offenders and the sentences. The prison sentence that each accused received The duration ranges from 2-3 months to 30 years.
Even the prosecutor asked the court to sentence the accused to prison. that 322 mafia gang members had a combined total of nearly 5,000 years, but after a trial that lasted 2 years and 9 months, the court convicted 207 defendants and cut their prison sentences in half, to approximately 2,150 years
Such a decision Which can be appealed 2 times, considered to be the biggest closing of the mafia trial. In the past several decades in Italy which although some of the accused were acquitted But it was also the most significant attack. To one of the world’s most powerful criminal organizations
Giuseppe Borrello, a local representative of the anti-mafia association Libera, said the court’s decision showed that The prosecutor’s efforts were successful. Even though they had a lower number of suspects than expected.
Since the trial began in January 2021, the court has heard thousands of hours of testimony. Including more than 50 former mafia operatives who have become state witnesses. They detail many examples. About the cruelty of Ndrangheta and the strong power of this mafia group
Moreover, This mafia trial is still the first of its kind. The list of defendants includes a large number of non-mafia members, such as police, civil servants, and others.
Currently, mafia experts estimate that Ndrangheta Mafia Group Generates global revenues of more than 50 billion euros per year (about 1.9 trillion baht) from drug trafficking, unusually high interest rates, and the transfer of public funds. and extortion.
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