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Basilischi

The Basilischi, was an organized crime group based in Basilicata, Southern Italy, officially formed in 1994 by Giovanni Luigi Cosentino in Potenza.

On 22 April 1999, 84 orders for pre-trial custody were issued by the Prosecutor's Office in Potenza. That started what became known as the "maxi-trial", which jailed the main figures of the Basilischi and demonstrated their existence and strength in Basilicata.[1] The maxi-trial concluded in 2007, with a 700-page summation by the judges and the sentencing of 26 people for mafia association to a total of 242 years in prison. The conviction of many high-profile members of the clan caused the group to become fractured and fall under the influence of the more powerful Calabrian-based 'Ndrangheta mafia group.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Sergi, Anna. "Fifth Column: Italy's Fifth Mafia, the Basilischi".