from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Resembling or characteristic of a mafia.
They say that Mr. Karzai's suspected role in the drug trade, as well as what they describe as the mafialike way that he lords over southern Afghanistan, makes him a malevolent force.
The result is a mafialike system whereby officialdom and the ordinary citizenry have become complicit in the same illegal trade.
And while the IRA and Unionist factions have (mostly) laid down their arms, the paramilitaries have turned themselves into mafialike gangs, running drug rings and black markets in everything from cigarettes to booze to DVD players.
Starting in 2000, he began to gain fame in his area after he won case after case against officials who had illegally detained citizens, mafialike gangs that tried to pressure villagers to leave their land and a mining and steel factory that was polluting the local environment.