The trial is going on in a converted call center in Lamezia Terme, Calabria. The defendant is placed in a metal cage. Rows of desks are lined with hundreds of lawyers, prosecutors, journalists, and others who are expected to attend. Audience.
Many defendants are white-collar workers, including lawyers, accountants, businessmen, local politicians and police. Chief Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said that these people are willing to help̵
Gratry told reporters when he entered the court building that the investigation encouraged local people to speak up.
The prosecutor said: “In the past two years, there has been a surge in lawsuits by oppressed entrepreneurs and citizens, victims of loan sharks, and people who have been living under the threat of’Ndrangheta for years.” Mob.
The state will call 913 witnesses and use 24,000 hours of truncated conversations to support countless allegations.
Gratry said he expects the trial will take a year to complete, and the court is scheduled to open six days a week.
Another 92 suspects opted for an expedited trial in the same case. Their hearing will begin in late January, and a small number of defendants will be tried in February for five murders-including the murder of a mafia killer. The prosecutor said that he was shot because he was gay.
The last time Italy attempted hundreds of so-called mafia at the same time occurred in Palermo in 1986. This was a turning point in the battle with Cosa Nostra and marked the beginning of a sharp decline in the organization.
The trial had a huge impact because it targeted many mob families. The Calabria trial focused on a single group-the Mancuso family from the province of Vibo Valentia-barely retained the highest level of the’Ndrangheta’ system.
Gratry told Reuters: “The road ahead is still long, but we must not give up because there are thousands of people who believe in us. We cannot let them down.”