- A 2-year investigation by Italian police has lead to secret mafia initiation rites being caught on film for the first time.
- As a result of the sting, police arrested 40 suspected gangsters believed to be affiliated with Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, a network made up of hundreds of family gangs.
- The audio recordings reveal the swearing in of elite members of mobsters known as ‘Santa’.
- Such members are sworn allegiance “in the silence of night and under the light of the stars and splendour of the moon”. Furthermore, the “oath of poison” ensures that disloyal members must poison or shoot themselves.
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