There is literally one paragraph in that article that alludes to some Toronto mobsters being arrested in Montreal over the holidays. The translation seems to be questioning if they were there to protect some of their interests after the arrests of Rizzuto, Sollecito, Cazzetta, Cavaliere and Wooley. But then gives the impression that even Montreal criminals think the crime in Montreal is from others outside of Toronto.
Leonardo Rizzuto & Stefano Sollecito ordered to remain behind bars until the end of their court proceedings, after failing to convince a judge that they'll refrain from criminal activity if released on bail. Stefano didnt physically attend latest bail hearing, he was present via video. Said to be suffering bad from cancer, apparently looks worse than he has before. Article below...
Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito, who were detained on 19 November, the day of the operation Magot who beheaded Montreal organized crime, failed to convince the judge to restore their liberty pending further proceedings.
Leonardo Rizzuto, 46, youngest son of the late Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito, 48, son of Rocco Sollecito, a former lieutenant of Vito Rizzuto, are accused of gangsterism and conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Rizzuto also faces counts of possession of a weapon and possession of cocaine.
After presiding ten-day survey released spaced during the months of January and February, the Daniel Bédard judge of the Court of Québec concluded that the two men have failed to shift the burden of proof , to ensure attendance at proceedings and to demonstrate that their release would not represent a danger to the public or would not affect the confidence of that public in the administration of justice.
A publication ban prevents us from disclosing the details of the evidence and testimony heard during the investigation. For health reasons, Stefano Sollecito has not moved to the courthouse in Montreal. He followed the hearing from his prison in videoconferencing. Visibly suffering, he got up several times during the hour and a quarter that Bédard judge has to make a very substantial judgment.
The magistrate took the opportunity to deplore the length of the survey release, "which is far from a procedure that wants expeditiously", he has said.
The Magot-Mastif operation was conducted by the Joint Regional squad of the Sûreté du Québec, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the SPVM. It resulted in the arrest of forty individuals whose criminal lawyer Loris Cavaliere, the leading member of the Hells Angels, Salvatore Cazzetta and gang leader Gregory Woolley.
A member of the Hells Angels Nomads Ontario, Carlos Fernandez, and members of the Reds, club supporter of the Hells Angels were also arrested. Cazzetta and Fernandez have also failed in their attempt to obtain their freedom while Gregory Woolley has not requested it.
Loris Cavaliere was released under heavy conditions, including that of remaining at home round the clock seven days a week.
A Quebec Court justice denied bail Friday to reputed Montreal Mafia bosses Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito.
The men have been behind bars since Nov. 19, when they were arrested and subsequently charged with cocaine trafficking and gangsterism.
Rizzuto, the 46-year-old son of the late Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, also faces weapons and cocaine possession charges. He seemed unfazed by Justice Daniel Bédard’s ruling, nodding and smiling to a group of men in the front row of the courtroom after hearing the decision.
The 48-year-old Sollecito — Vito Rizzuto’s former lieutenant — appeared via video conference from a detention centre. Sollecito is battling cancer and could be heard writhing in pain several times during the proceedings.
Bédard presided over bail hearings for 10 days, hearing arguments from Crown prosecutors and defence attorneys before handing down his ruling. The defence’s arguments did not meet the burden of proof required to show their clients’ release wouldn’t present a danger to the public or undermine the public’s confidence in the judicial system.
The bail hearing came three days after Mafia member Lorenzo Giordano was shot to death Tuesday morning in a Laval parking lot. Giordano was part of an interim leadership committee that ran the Rizzuto clan in the early 2000s.
He’d been released from prison only months earlier after serving most of a 15-year sentence for gangsterism.
The execution of a former Rizzuto enforcer, according to Mafia experts, is indicative of a new period of instability within the mob. Since Vito Rizzuto died of cancer in 2013, there’s been a power vacuum in Montreal’s underworld, with rival factions vying for control of the city’s lucrative drug trade.
Rizzuto and Sollecito were rounded up along 44 others on Nov. 19 as part of the Sûreté du Québec’s Project Magot investigation. The raid dealt a serious blow to the Mafia, removing its leadership.
Defence attorney Loris Cavaliere, 61, was also scooped up in the raid, but has since been released on bail.
Police say the raid also hurt the Hells Angels and street gangs, according to police, who say they’ve established links between the three groups. The Montreal police and RCMP collaborated in the investigation, which began in January 2013.