After 30 years of ‘lockdown’ prosecutor braces for huge Italian mob trial

The region of Calabria anticipates ‘liberation’ as the country’s biggest mafia faces legal assault

13 January 2021 - 19:31 By Crispian Balmer

Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri has spent the past three decades battling Italy’s most powerful mob group, the ’Ndrangheta, renouncing any semblance of a normal life as he seeks to break its grip on his native Calabria.

The toe of Italy’s boot, Calabria is a rugged backwater from where the ’Ndrangheta operates its multibillion-dollar crime syndicate, controlling chunks of Europe’s cocaine trade and laundering vast sums through a network of front businesses...

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