Court sentences 34 to jail for mafia killings in Germany

21st March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The suspects were convicted over their involvement in a massacre in the German city of Duisburg two years ago.

Rome -- An Italian court Thursday sentenced 31 people to prison, one of them for 13 years, for a 2007 mafia massacre in Germany in which six people were killed, the court announced.

Ten people were acquitted by the court in the southern city of Reggio Calabria, which handled the suspects from two rival mafia clans accused over the killings in the German city of Duisburg.

Antonio Pelle, head of one of the Vottari-Pelle gang, was sentenced to 13 years in jail for his role in the battle between his and the Strangio-Nirta clan, according to the official court judgment.

Santo Vottari, accused of ordering the killing of a rival mafia gangster's wife, got 10 years and eight months in jail.

Both clans are based in the village of San Luca and their battle has left 16 dead since 1991.

Six men, between the ages of 16 and 39, were killed in the German city of Duisburg on August 15, 2007, and their bodies left in the boots of two cars near an Italian restaurant.

The execution-style killings highlighted the long-running vendetta between the Ndrangheta clans.

Dozens of suspected Mafiosi went on trial last year following a probe into the feud that began well before the Duisburg massacre, claiming nearly 20 lives since 1991.

The chief suspect in the Duisburg killings, 30-year-old Giovanni Strangio, was arrested in the Netherlands on March 12. Germany and Italy have both asked for his extradition.


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