Italy Braces For Biggest Mafia Trial In Decades

Hundreds of alleged members of Italy‘s most powerful mafia group are set to face justice in the country’s biggest organized crime trial in decades.

The highest-profile defendant is the alleged clan boss, Luigi Mancuso, 66, also known as “The Uncle”. Other defendants are said to go by nicknames such as “The Wolf”, “Fatty” and “Blondie”.

The number of accused increases to more than 400 when the 92 suspects who chose a separate fast-tracked trial are factored in.

These include Giancarlo Pittelli, a lawyer and former senator for ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party.

Most of the defendants were detained in pre-dawn raids in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria in December 2019.

The 355 suspected mobsters and corrupt officials were charged following a long inquiry into the ‘Ndrangheta group.

The trial begins on Wednesday and is expected to last more than two years.

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