20 Nov '11, 1am
Defendants boo own lawyers after Italian court convicts 110 people at major mafia trial
ROME (AFP) - A court in the northern Italian city of Milan on Saturday ordered prison sentences of up to 16 years for 110 people in a major trial of the Calabrian mafia, the Ndrangheta, Ansa reported. The defendants booed their own lawyers amid noisy protests as the sentences were handed down, the court convicting them of offences related to the membership of the mafia. The heaviest sentences handed down were against two heads of mafia families working in the Milan region: Alessandro Manno got a 16-year term, while Cosimo Barranca was jailed for 14 years. Pasquale Zappia, the overall head of the group's Milan operations, had to be evacuated by ambulance after being taken ill as the sentence was being handed down. He received a 12-year sentence.