01 Feb 2018

When the state deals with the mafia

In 2013, a trial against politicians accused of having dealings with the Mafia began. After 4 years and 8 months, 210 hearings and countless documents, the proceedings are about to come to an end.

Cinzia Sciuto
Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
Source: MicroMega
When the state deals with the mafia - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

It is impossible to reconstruct the history of Italy without touching upon the history of the mafia. In our country, the relationship between organized crime and state has always been deeply intertwined, and this is what distinguishes Cosa Nostra -- the Sicilian Mafia -- from any other criminal organization.

We are about to see the conclusion of a trial that has raised many controversies. 

In Italy, where public opinion is divided between those who consider contacts between politicians and mafia as "normal," and those who think that the relationship between the mafia and the state has deeply polluted the history of our country.

This infiltration of the political and economic spheres should be of great interest to other European countries, where the Mafia (not only the Sicilian mafia, but also the Neapolitan Camorra and especially the 'Calabrian Ndrangheta, which is active in virtually every European country except Switzerland) has been flourishing for years now, often undisturbed.

crime, politics

Details from the story:

  • The legal proceedings around the so-called State-Mafia dealings in Italy are about to come to a conclusion.
  • In 2013, a trial against politicians accused of having dealings with the Mafia began. 
  • After 4 years and 8 months, 210 hearings and countless documents, the proceedings are about to come to an end.
  • The prosecution requests 6 years of imprisonment for the former Interior Minister Nicola Mancino, accused of perjury.
  • 15 years were requested for General of the Special Police Force Mario Mori, considered the "main protagonist" of the dealings with the Mafia.
  • The prosecution also requested 12 years for former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri, who played the role of mediator between the demands of the bosses and the Berlusconi government in 1994.
  • The prosecutor Di Matteo, who lives under guard because of the serious threats he received from the mafia, accused the political world of not having supported the investigators.
  • The sentence of the court of first instance is scheduled for the month of April.
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