2.6 C
Thursday, December 2, 2021

70 jailed following Italy’s largest mafia trial for decades

In over three decades, Italy witnessed its largest mafia trial where 70 members of the Ndrangheta mafia group were jailed, facing charges that included attempted murder and extortion.

A further 355 people have yet to be judged in a trial that’s expected to last two years or longer.


A specially adapted courtroom in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme has played host to the “maxi trial” for hundreds of suspects associated with the Ndrangheta mafia group.

Anti-mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri, who has been living under police escort for the past 30 years, said the sentencing had gone “very well”.

“Out of 91 defendants, there were 70 presumed innocent who were convicted” while those who were acquitted had been minor players.


Some of the most dangerous members of the group received the maximum sentence of 20 years with about 30% of the group receiving sentences amounting to ten years or more.

The Ndrangheta controls the majority of cocaine that enters Italy and is entrenched in Italy’s poorest region of Calabria.


First US omicron case detected in California

The first confirmed case of the new omicron Covid-19 variant in the United States has been detected in California.

NPHET considers mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is considering making vaccines mandatory for healthcare workers. The issue was raised...

Increase in primary school children contracting Covid-19

The number of primary school children contracting Covid-19 rose again last week. Last week, 6,077 five to twelve-year-olds tested...

Face masks ‘absolutely not required’ during PE or school yard breaks

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said it will be "absolutely not required" for children to wear face masks during PE or...
overcast clouds
2.6 ° C
3.5 °
1.9 °
89 %
86 %
7 °
10 °
5 °
5 °
7 °