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Police, politicians accused in Puglia mafia trials

Violence, fraud, extortion, usury, weapons charges

16 January, 17:23
Police, politicians accused in Puglia mafia trials (ANSA) - Bari, January 16 - Nine people were ordered Wednesday to stand trial in April on charges arising from an alleged plot between the Puglian mafia, local political leaders and businesspeople in the town of Altamura near Bari.

Charges range from violence to extortion, usury, illegal possession and use of firearms and explosions, and fraud.

Two police officers are among those accused of assisting the mafia in the case that also involves local politicians and lawyers.

Puglia's Sacra Corona Unita (United Holy Crown) is Italy's fourth and smallest mafia after the Sicilian-based Cosa Nostra, the Naples-based Camorra and the Calabrian-based 'Ndrangheta.