The trial is being held in a converted communications center in the city of Lamezia Terme, Calabria, with the defendants placed in metal cages and rows of offices dedicated to the hundreds of attorneys, prosecutors, journalists and spectators expected to attend.
Many of the accused are white-collar, including attorneys, accountants, businessmen, local politicians and police officers, whom Attorney General Nicolas Grateri said had willingly helped ‘Ndrangheta build its own crime empire.
When entering the courtroom, Grateri told reporters that the investigation had encouraged local residents to speak out.
“In the past two years, we have seen a rise in lawsuits from persecuted businessmen and citizens, victims of usury, and people who have lived for years under the threat of Ndrangheta,” said the attorney general, who has spent more than 30 years in combat. The mob.
The state will summon 913 witnesses and capitalize on 24,000 hours of intercepted conversations to support the countless charges.
Graateri said he expects the trial will take a year to complete, and the court is scheduled to hold six days a week.
Another 92 suspects opted for a speedy trial in the same case, and hearings are due to begin later in January, while a much smaller group of defendants will be tried in February for five murders – including the murder of a mafia killer who was shot dead because he was gay. According to the claim.
The last time Italy attempted hundreds of alleged mafias simultaneously was in 1986 in Palermo in a case that marked a turning point in the fight against Cosa Nostra, marking the beginning of the group’s sharp decline.
That experience had a big impact because it targeted many families of the mob. The Calabria trial focuses primarily on only one group – the Mancuso clan from the province of Vibo Valentia – leaving much of the top hierarchy of Andrangita untouched.
“The road ahead is still very long, but we must not give up because there are thousands of people who believe in us. We cannot let them down,” Grateri told Reuters.