Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

17 cleared in Piedmont 'Ndrangheta case


(ANSA) - Turin, October 8 - Seventeen suspects who faced
trial in a mafia scandal in southern Piedmont were absolved on
Turin Judge Massimo Scarabello cleared their names, finding
"the crime does not exist".
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
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

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