In November 2015, the trial of a vast mafia network opened in Rome, with 46 people in the dock. They stand accused of extortion, corruption and misappropriation of public funds. Among them the reputed heads of the criminal network: Massimo Carminati and Savatore Buzzi. Our correspondent in Rome, Natalia Mendoza, investigated the power bases of these two men who are under the legal spotlight.
In Rome, an investigation codenamed Mafia Capitale has brought to light the existence of a vast mafia network that has infiltrated local government. The probe has exposed a well-oiled machine made up of politicians from all sides, local civil servants, businessmen and criminals – all allegedly mixed up in dirty deals involving various sectors managed by the city council for well over a decade.