What is Ndrangheta: Trial of Ndrangheta Mafia Begins in Italy All you need to know: Italy’s biggest mafia hearing begins

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At least 900 witnesses and 350 accused. In Italy’s biggest mafia trial in nearly 30 years, from politicians to officials will be in the dock. He is accused of involvement with the powerful ‘Ndrangheta Mafia’. A thousand-capacity high-security courtroom has been prepared for the trial on which the entire world is eyeing. Even cages are made to keep the accused in it.

Accused will sit in cages

In the first round hearing due to corona virus, many accused will also appear before the court through video and those involved in the court will have to wear masks. Kas cages have been set up for hearing and the accused will be seated at least 2 meters away from each other. In December 2019, after an investigation that started in the year 2016, all of them were arrested from 11 different places in Italy. These raids involved the hard work of at least 2500 officers.

From murder to hawala

Experts say that this organization was declared a mafia under the new Italian law in 2010 but it has been operating since 1861. It became known during the 1980s–1990s when several kidnapping incidents in Italy were unnoticed. It is believed to be accused of killing the grandson of oil trader John Paul Getty. Extortion, in addition to the drug trade, involved trafficking in illegal waste and hawala.

Pigs put bodies …

Experts say that this organization has been notorious for its brutality. It is so dreadful that in 2016, when a female businessman did not give her land to a neighbor who had contact with the organization, she was killed and her body parts were fed to the pigs. The organization is also accused of killing many children after 1950. In 2014, a three-year-old child was shot by people from an organization going to target a man. (Pic: prosecuting attorney)

From leader to businessman involved

This mafia had a strong hold on Calabria. These people were hidden from their own build bunkers, behind the stairs, in the thief-doors and even the manhole. Not only this, a former senator in Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria, a police chief, local councilors and businessmen were arrested for helping the mafia. The group is powerful in Italy as well as one of the richest mafia organizations worldwide.

Strength was built by relationships

Officials associated with the case say that the main people of the mafia operate from their village. To avoid this, they have built tunnels under their houses. Even bunkers are built in the mountains. There is a provision to hide them in the forests too. From here, its leaders have been doing business of drugs easily through mask companies. The people involved are usually relatives of each other. That’s why everyone hides each other’s secrets.

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