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'Ndrangheta mafia trial finds 19 guilty of racketeering

Turin ruling sheds light on mob in the north

10 December, 18:53
'Ndrangheta mafia trial finds 19 guilty of racketeering (ANSA) - Turin, December 10 - A Turin appeals court on Tuesday issued 19 racketeering convictions with sentences ranging from three to seven and a half years in prison in the so-called ''Albachiara'' (Clear Dawn) operation to dismantle Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia cells in the northern region of Piedmont.

Among those convicted was Giuseppe Caridi, a former Alessandria city council member from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party. This follows on the the so-called Minotaur mega-trial into the presence of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia in the greater Turin area, which ended Thursday with 46 convictions, 13 acquittals, and sentences totalling 210 years in prison.

The trial was the latest to shed light on the extent to which the 'Ndrangheta has spread from south to north.