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Former Italian Striker Iaquinta Sentenced To 2 Years In Jail In Mafia Case



Former Juventus and Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has been sentenced to two years in prison as part of a mafia trial , Football Italia reports .


The Germany 2006 World Cup winner was indicted in December 2015 for illegal possession of firearms, as well intention to aid the ‘ Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia.

In May the prosecutor requested that he be jailed for six years, with his father to be sent down for 19 years. Over 140 people
were put on trial in one of northern Italy’s most high profile mafia trials , suspected of helping the ‘Ndrangheta to infiltrate the north of the country.

On Wednesday Iaquinta was sentenced to two years in prison, having been found guilty of illegal possession of firearms, but cleared of intent to aid the mafia.

His father, Giuseppe, was found guilty of mafia association and has been sentenced to 19 years.

The former striker was found guilty of an offence relating to a Smith & Wesson 357 magnum caliber revolver , a 7 .65
Browning Kelt- tec gun and 126 bullets.
Iaquinta had claimed that the guns had been kept in his home, but they were then handed over to his father, who had been banned from possessing firearms since 2012 due to his association with people linked to the ‘Ndrangheta .

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