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Italy's secretive 'Ndrangheta Mafia on trial

Italy’s biggest Mafia trial in decades is playing out right now in Calabria. Hundreds of alleged mobsters and corrupt officials with connections to the ‘Ndrangheta have been charged. Today on Front Burner, CBC Rome correspondent Megan Williams on the trial trial, and the evolving role of the ‘Ndrangheta in Italian society.
Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri arrives at the High Security Courthouse for a trial of 355 suspected members of the 'Ndrangheta Mafia accused of an array of charges, in Lamezia Terme, Italy, on Jan. 13. (Yara Nardi/Reuters)

More than 350 people currently face trial for their alleged connections with one of Italy's most powerful Mafia syndicates, the 'Ndrangheta. The crime group is known for its secrecy. Bosses, accused of murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking, often hide in bunkers in Calabria, even though their business extends around the world. Italy has not held a Mafia trial of this scale since the late 1980s — when the Cosa Nostra was under fire for their operations in Sicily and abroad.

Today on Front Burner, CBC Rome correspondent Megan Williams on the 'Ndrangheta Mafia, its evolution, and what this trial could mean for their future.

 

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