• Short Summary

    GORY DETAILS OF A MAFIA GANG WAR IN WHICH AT LEAST TWENTY PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES WERE READ OUT IN A SCHOOL GYMNASIUM AT CATANZARO ON TUESDAY IN ONE OF THE LARGEST MAFIA TRAILS IN ITALIAN HISTORY.

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    GORY DETAILS OF A MAFIA GANG WAR IN WHICH AT LEAST TWENTY PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES WERE READ OUT IN A SCHOOL GYMNASIUM AT CATANZARO ON TUESDAY IN ONE OF THE LARGEST MAFIA TRAILS IN ITALIAN HISTORY.

    THE VICTIMS WERE EITHER SHOT OR BLOWN UP IN BOMBED CARS.

    THERE ARE 152 DEFENDANTS, ALLEGED TO BE MEMBERS OF TWO RIVAL MAFIA GANGS OPERATING IN SICILY. A STRUGGLE FOR POWER BETWEEN THE TWO GANGS BEGAN IN 1959, AND INTESTIFIED AFTER THE DEATH OF THE MAFIA LEADER 'LUCKY' LUCIANO IN 1962.

    MOST OF THE DEFENDANTS WERE ARRESTED IN 1963 AFTER THE MURDERS OF SEVEN POLICEMEN AT PALERMO. THE TRIAL IS BEING HELD IN THE SCHOOL GYMNASIUM BECAUSE THERE IS NO COURTROOM LARGE ENOUGH FOR IT. THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO LAST SIX MONTHS.

    A SPECIAL POLICE GUARD OF 120 ARMED MEN STOOD GUARD OVER THE 113 ACCUSED WHO WERE AT COURT. ANOTHER 39 ACCUSED ARE STILL AT LARGE.

    AS WELL AS THE DEFENDANTS, POLICE AND OFFICIALS, THE GYMNASIUM ALSO HAS TO ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN 300 WITNESSES AND 60 LAWYERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA631DBPGDEG8YL0F7DIFJ86ZZ5
    Media URN:
    VLVA631DBPGDEG8YL0F7DIFJ86ZZ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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