Francesco Saverio Pavone

Francesco Saverio Pavone (25 March 1944 – 16 March 2020) was an Italian magistrate, chief of the Procura di Venezia for several years.

Francesco Saverio Pavone
Born25 March 1944
Taranto, Italy
Died16 March 2020 (aged 75)
Mestre, Italy


Born in Taranto on March 25, 1944, he worked for several years as a clerk of the court, where he had won a competitive examination in the late 1970s. In 1980 he took up service in the courthouse in Venice, first in the role of judge in the court and then as prosecutor. In the lagoon city he dealt with investigations on organized crime and kidnappings. In 1988 Pavone's "pool" (group of magistrates in the same case) brought to light the complete organization chart of the Mala del Brenta which was wreaking havoc in Veneto, investigations that led in 1994 to the trial that dismantled the Mala del Brenta, with Felice Maniero sentenced to 33 years for mafia association. Francesco Saverio Pavone lived under escort from 1989 to 2006, having received threats by the Sicilian Mafia and members of the Mala del Brenta. In 2016 he retired as chief prosecutor of Belluno.[1]

On March 16, 2020, Pavone died in the intensive care unit of the Mestre Angelo hospital at the age of 75, after testing positive to COVID-19, which caused him serious lung problems.[2]


  1. ^ "Coronavirus, morto l'ex magistrato Pavone. Smantellò la Mala del Brenta". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2020-03-16. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  2. ^ "Coronavirus, morto Francesco Saverio Pavone, l'ex Procuratore che smantellò la Mala del Brenta". (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-03-19.