A court employee pushes a cart with legal files into Rome's criminal court on Nov. 5, 2015, on the opening day of the Mafia Capitale trial, a case related to the alleged infiltration of City Hall by a mafia network. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI
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A trial hearing involving the alleged ringleaders of a mafia gang whose criminal tentacles reached into almost every department of Rome's City Hall took place in a prison on the outskirts of Rome Tuesday.Massimo Carminati, a convicted gangster with a history of involvement with violent far-right groups, and 45 others are accused of operating a mafia-style network that used extortion, fraud and theft to divert millions of euros destined for public services into their own pockets.Their trial began in court earlier this month but for Tuesday' second hearing the proceedings were moved to the Rebibbia prison outside the capital, where the case is expected to run until next summer.Under presiding judge Rossanna Ianniello, the hearing was held in an immense hanger next to the prison block with 60 lawyers, dozens of journalists and supporters of the accused present.
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