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Italy / Papal Assassination Trial (Part II) #303827

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 27, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Rome, Italy) First day of conspiracy trial in papal assassination attempt featured; films shown. Gunman Mehmet Ali Agca's irrational outburst, claiming to be Jesus Christ, noted, shown. [July 1983, AGCA - claims Bulgarian Sergei Antonov participated in attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.] Bulgaria mentioned claiming shooting was CIA plot aimed at them; co-defs. Todor Aivazov and Zhelyo Vassilev recalled claiming innocence but refusing to return to Italy. Findings of investigating judge reviewed. [Former CIA deputy director Ray CLINE - believes Bulgarian intelligence was involved and that then-KGB director Yuri Andropov was aware of plot.] Possible USSR involvement noted not an issue in trial. [Analyst Robert KUPPERMAN - cites reality of pols. in affair.]
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Pope John Paul II reported giving private audience yesterday to Bulgaria's vice president; details given.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Roth, Richard;
Schieffer, Bob

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