Mafia Capitale is one of the five major organized crime groups in Italy exposed last year in a scandal of corruption in Rome.
There are Forty-six suspected members of Mafia Capitale set to stand trial, including alleged boss Massimo Carminati. The trial has been called the most important organized crime trial in the history of Rome. There were over 100 arrests made in all linked to the Mafia Captitale group and the corruption case, including many key political figures of which a core 46 are now on trial. Many defendants have already made plea deals and some have become turncoats prepared to supply evidence against the 46 core members on trial.
Massimo Carminati a 57 year old one eyed mobster is said to have a long criminal past dating back to the 1970’s and 80’s when he was a member of the Magliana Gang. He has been accused of murder on two separate occasions escaping conviction each time due to certain technicalities. Also arrested along with the alleged Mafia Capitale boss was Salvatore Buzzi said to be Carminati’s right hand man. Buzzi was caught on a secret wire tap boasting about the profits being made from one of the crime groups most lucrative rackets involving ripping off refugees and immigrants.
The mafia group grabbed a foothold on many of the city’s essential service contracts which were exposed by Ignazio Marino the former Mayor of Rome. Marino has now been pushed out of office after various members of his city council resigned. The opening day of the trial is to be held in Rome’s Justice Palace before being moved to a basement bunker of the Rebbibia High Security Prison. The more secure location will offer less risk of jailbreaks and retaliatory attacks according to authorities.
Many of the suspects are considered such high security risks that they won’t be allowed to attend the trial in person, including Carminati who will be allowed to watch from prison via a video link only being moved to Rome until it’s his turn to take the stand. The trial could prove to be a major strike against the mafia in Rome.