'Champion of legality' shot dead near Bari
Legal activism won Pietro Capone many enemies, prosecutors say11 March, 16:40
He was well known in the town as a champion of legality and filed numerous complaints for alleged administrative abuses, often concerning unlawful construction. A solitary man with a degree in law, Capone is said to have made a lot of enemies as a result of his activism. Over the years he reported numerous construction companies, often obtaining the withdrawal of building permits, and he also took issue with the town council over the expropriation of land belonging to his family.
Most recently he reported what he claimed was the illegal sale of burial recesses in the local cemetery. His complaints were said to always be detailed and precise.
Mayor of Gravina Alessio Valente spoke of the "anger" and "dismay" felt by the local community in relation to "a violent act that offends the serenity of my fellow citizens".