Reggio Calabria

Former Berlusconi MP gets 5-yr jail sentence for mafia links

Matacena associated with 'Ndragheta, court rules

Former Berlusconi MP gets 5-yr jail sentence for mafia links

(ANSA) - Reggio Calabria, July 18 - An appeals court in the southern city of Reggio Calabria on Wednesday sentenced former Berlusconi MP Amedeo Matacena to five years in prison on charges of association with organized crime. Matacena was arrested in 2004 for seeking to intimidate a judicial body through violence or threats of violence and associating with the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia. He was an MP for former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, which later became the People of Freedom (PdL) party. Matacena was acquitted two years ago by the same appeals court, however state prosecutor Francesco Scuderi appealed the decision. Italy's Supreme Court accepted the appeal and reassigned the case to another tribunal. Matacena was also accused of having sought the electoral support of the Rosmini crime family, and he was spotted at events that suggested he had ties with organized crime, like the marriage of one of the sons of the Sinopoli syndicate's boss, Carmine Alvaro.

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