“They extorted land to settle a drug debt”, 3 sentences

To compensate for a debt relating to an unpaid drug consignment, they would have demanded the free transfer of land of 12 thousand euros, that is to say six times the sum of money object of the non-collection.

For three of the four accused, the sentence was decided. The sentence, at the end of the trial with shortened procedure, was issued by the judge for the preliminary hearing Stefano Zammuto. The defendants were Antonino Chiazza, 50, from Palma di Montechiaro; Michele Amato, 45, from Canicattì; Antonio Chiazza, 34, from Palma di Montechiaro and Giuseppe Triglia, 36, from Canicattì. Mullet was acquitted for not having committed the crime. Four years and four months were inflicted on Amato, 3 years on Antonino Chiazza and 2 years on Antonio Chiazza. The story intersects, in part, with the “Xydi” investigation which on February 2 triggered 23 arrests against the alleged members of the mafia district who were allegedly linked to the boss Matteo Messina Denaro. Previously, the prosecutor Gloria Andreoli had asked for four sentences ranging from two years and four months of imprisonment to six years. The magistrate of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, at the conclusion of the indictment, asked for 6 years of imprisonment and a 40,000 euro fine for Amato, 4 years and a 30,000 euro fine for Antonino Chiazza, 2 years and 4 months and a 2,000 euro fine for Antonio Chiazza and 3 years and 8 months and a fine of € 14,000 for Mullet. The penalties decided are reduced by one third as a result of the shortened judgment. The eldest of the Chiazza and Amato families, on February 19, 2019, were arrested, on charges of attempted extortion, because they allegedly demanded the free transfer of a land of 12,000 euros to offset a debt of just one sixth of the value. The two allegedly sold various doses of cocaine to a 49-year-old from Licata who had accumulated a debt of about 2,000 euros. To pay it off, with the collaboration of the other two defendants, they allegedly demanded the sale of the land that was located in Camastra. The trial, underway before the gup Stefano Zammuto, has some aspects in common with the recent investigation where, in addition to the 50-year-old Chiazza, the lawyer Angela Porcello, accused of having had a leading role in the mafia family, also ended up in prison. According to the investigation, the professional would have tried to damage the stiddaro Chiazza clan, which would have operated in the agricultural mediation market with extortion methods.

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