Italy: One of Italy's biggest organised crime trials begins in Rome

One of Italy's biggest organised crime trials 'Mafia Capital' began in Rome on Thursday. Councillors and mobsters are facing charges for allegedly stealing millions of euros of public cash. The lawyers of the accused were the only ones in attendance. Massimo Carminati, nicknamed 'the last king of Rome,' was allegedly interviewed via a prison video-link. Others who have been arrested and are under investigation include leading members of Rome's political elite. According to prosecutors, mobsters flourished under Rome's former right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno. Forty-six defendants are on trial in the corruption case. The trial, which is scheduled to go on until summer 2016, has been allocated to take place at Rebibbia prison for the forthcoming session.

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