Lombardy town council dissolved for 'Ndrangheta infiltration
Sedriano first town in region around Milan to get this penalty16 October, 16:12
Police said the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia had "profoundly polluted" municipal governance.
Former Sedriano mayor Alfredo Celeste, from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, is accused of 'Ndrangheta links along with former Lombardy regional councillor Domenico Zambetti, arrested a year ago. 'Ndrangheta, which has overtaken Cosa Nostra of Sicily as Italy's richest and most powerful mafia, controls the European cocaine trade and invests its profits in Italy and abroad.
Until this decade councils were only dissolved for mafia infiltration in southern Italy.
There have been recent cases in other parts of Italy, most notably in Liguria, the coastal region that borders France.
The local governments of the towns of Ventimiglia and Bordighera were dissolved in February 2012 and March 2011 respectively after probes unveiled evidence that municipal bodies had been taken over by 'Ndrangheta.