October 20, 2020

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‘Like water’: ‘Ndrangheta is top crime group in West, says prosecutor

Rome: Italy’s top anti-mafia prosecutor said on Tuesday the country’s ‘Ndrangheta mob was “the most important criminal organisation in the Western world,” as preliminary hearings in the biggest ever trial against the group resumed.

The hearings at the bunker room of the Rebibbia prison, which are expected to last until the end of October, are preliminary procedures against 452 suspects from the Calabria-based ’Ndrangheta. Calabria, the region that makes up the “toe” of the geographical boot of Italy is situated just north of Sicily.

The hat of Carabinieri paramilitary police in court.

The hat of Carabinieri paramilitary police in court.Credit:AP

The suspects face charges such as involvement with mafia-type organisations, international drug trafficking, usury, extortion and money laundering.

At an unrelated briefing with the foreign press Tuesday, Giuseppe Governale, Italy’s chief anti-mafia prosecutor, said the group was “underestimated” and particularly dangerous because of its ability to proliferate across nations and infiltrate them.