A Quebec Court judge has ruled a bail hearing will go ahead for two alleged leaders of the Montreal Mafia, following their arrests last November in raids targeting organized crime in the Montreal area.
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Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito are facing charges of committing an offence for a criminal organization and drug trafficking.
Both were in court for the start of proceedings on Monday.
The prosecution and defence spent the morning debating points of law.
Judge Daniel Bédard ruled Monday afternoon that the bail hearing will proceed. It is scheduled to last at least three days.
The proceedings are under a publication ban.
Rizzuto is a lawyer and the son of the late Vito Rizzuto, who was for years described by law enforcement as the godfather of the Montreal Mafia. Vito Rizzuto died of natural causes in 2013.
Leonardo Rizzuto's brother, Nick Jr., was assassinated in broad daylight in 2009.
Police allege the suspects are heads of the Montreal Mafia.