An Italian court has acquitted Francesco "Midnight Fatty" Bidognetti and Antonio Iovine, reputed bosses from the Casalesi clan of the Camorra or the Neapolitan Mafia, over charges they made death threats through their attorney Michele Santonastaso to anti-Mafia activist Roberto Saviano as reported by James Politi for the Financial Times. However, Santonastaso was convicted, and given a one-year suspended sentence. In response to the verdict Saviano said:
"They are not unbeatable, they are not invincible and this ruling proves it. The Casalesi are paper tigers because they hid behind a lawyer."
The Camorra runs the streets of Naples and is involved in everything from the vice rackets such as drugs and prostitution to the corruption of legitimate industries including waste and construction, and its dirty operations were exposed to the world by Saviano's international bestseller Gomorrah.
Bidognetti and Iovine both are serving life terms, and earlier this year Iovine flipped to become a government witness.
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