More than 200 mobsters convicted in Italian mafia ‘maxi trial’

Specially built courtroom in Calabria heard evidence of ruthless tactics of ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate

An Italian court has convicted and sentenced more than 200 people of crimes including criminal association, extortion and bribery in what has been described as Italy’s largest mafia trial in three decades.

The verdicts mark the end of a three-year “maxi trial” held in a high-security courtroom in the southern Calabria region built specifically to hold up to 350 defendants, accommodate 400 lawyers and hear from the 900 witnesses providing testimony against an extensive network of members belonging to the notorious ‘Ndrangheta.

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