During the XXL trial of the Calabrian mafiathe ‘Ndrangheta, whose verdict was delivered this Monday, November 20, 207 of the 338 defendants were sentenced to up to thirty years in prison131 were acquitted, Agence France-Presse reported.
Since January 2021, three judges interviewed witnesses for thousands of hours, including around fifty repentant mafiosi who became collaborators of justice. In total, the prosecution had requested nearly 5,000 years in prison against the mafiosi, but also their accomplices, ranging from police officers to local elected officials. Four people received 30 years in prison.
Present in around forty countries, the ‘Ndrangheta is the richest and most powerful of the Italian mafias. Thus, this XXL trial was organized in a bunker under high surveillance in the town of Lamezia Terme, in southern Italy.
Experts estimate that the ‘Ndrangheta, made up of around 150 Calabrian families, is carrying out a annual turnover of around fifty billion euros worldwide. However, the activities of the Calabrian mafia should not be impacted due to its power.