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Italy: Alleged mafia killer goes on trial for German massacre




Locri, Italy (AKI) - An alleged Calabrian mafia boss, Giovanni Strangio went on trial in southern Italy Wednesday for planning and taking part in the killings of six people in western Germany in 2007. Strangio, 31, followed the hearing, held in Locri in Italy's southern Calabrian region, via video link to his prison cell in Rome.

He is accused of multiple homicide and membership of the Nirta-Strangio clan of the Calabrian mafia, known as the 'Ndrangheta.

Officials say the killings stemmed from a feud between two rival 'Ndrangheta clans and that Strangio wanted to avenge the 2006 Christmas Day killing of his cousin Maria Strangio, allegedly carried out by members of the rival Pelle-Vottari crime family.

The families of the six victims of the massacre are forming the plaintiff in the trial.

The six men were shot dead in an ambush outside a pizzeria Duisburg, Germany on 15 August 2007. The massacre drew international attention to the 'Ndrangheta, which many now considered Italy's most powerful criminal organisation.

Strangio is believed to have carried out the massacre with at least two suspected accomplices. Police in February arrested two men suspected of being Strangio's accomplices in the Duisburg killings, on the basis of DNA evidence recovered from the crime scene.

Police have arrested a dozen suspected 'Ndrangheta members connection with the Duisburg murders.

Strangio was arrested in the Dutch city of Amsterdam in March last year, extradited to Italy last May and detained in Rome's Rebibbia jail.

Strangio was arrested with his brother-in-law Francesco Romeo, another of Italy's 30 most wanted criminals.

All the suspects arrested are alleged members of the Nirta-Strangio clan, which has operations in Duisburg and in the German city of Kaarst.


 

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