Italian Hero Giovanni Falcone Remembered at FBI 20 Years After His Assassination by the Mafia

May 19, 2012 ~ The late Italian Magistrate Giovanni Falcone, was remembered at a ceremony held yesterday at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Falcone, who was assassinated by the Mafia 20 years ago, on May 23, 1992, forged a special relationship with the FBI through the prosecution of two major cases against the Mafia. in the U.S. and Italy

Giovanni Falcone

Giovanni Falcone

“at a time when the Mafia was powerful in both places,” noted the FBI. Louis Freeh, a federal prosecutor in New York City who would later become Director of the FBI, was cracking down on the Mafia. In a case known as the Pizza Connection, the FBI, the NYPD, and federal prosecutors teamed with Falcone and Italian authorities to bust an international heroin smuggling ring that laundered drug money through pizza parlors. The 1985 trial cemented Freeh and Falcone’s personal and professional relationships. At the same time in Italy, Falcone was prosecuting his own Mafia trial—the Maxi Trial—which put hundreds of mafiosi behind bars. READ MORE