The trial of the mafia begins with hundreds of people on the dock
The largest trial against the mafia in the Italy in 30 years begins on Wednesday. Prosecutors hope is to deal a blow to the criminal syndicate of the "Ndrangheta, who tentacles reach the world".
More than 350 members of the mafia and politicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs and others accused of having authorized them will face the judge in a big courtroom specially renovated in the southern Calabrian city of the Lamezia Terme, in the heart of the 'Ndrangheta territory.
Criminologist Federico Varese of the University of the Oxford said the trial reflects the control of the 'Ndrangheta, who is embedded in the community and involved in all sort of activities.
"The real strength of those mafia families is that they have the control of the territory and within the territory they do everything," Varese said. "If you want to open a shop, if you want to build something, you have to go through them."
"They are the authority."