17 cleared in Piedmont 'Ndrangheta case
Ex-city councillor also absolved08 October, 18:19
The case involved the presumed infiltration of the southern Italian organized crime group 'Ndrangheta into a northern Italian area near Turin.
Only one of the accused - Bruno Pronesti' - was convicted of one of the charges facing him. Ponesti' was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison for illegal gun possession. The seventeen who stood trial were among a group of roughly 20 arrested by a special operations unit of state police in a round-up called Operation Albachiara, including Alessandria City Councillor Giuseppe Caridi, a member of former premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom party, who then resigned. Caridi was among those completely cleared of charges.
The arrests were made by the Carabinieri ROS, a unit of the state police specialized in mafia and terrorism investigations. 'Ndrangheta, Italy's richest mafia, has spread from its base in Calabria to northern Italy and several other countries including