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Papal Assassination Plot / Follow-Up #537246

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 25, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Palmer

(DC) Investigation and conclusions of Italian state prosecutor Antonio Albano into Mehmet Ali Agca's attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, examined; Albano's claim that Bulgarian secret service hired Agca discussed. Films of assassination attempt shown. Italian government's secret report discussing Bulgaria's motives in killing pontiff, focusing on Pope's role in formation of Poland's Solidarity union in 1980 and ensuing crisis in communist bloc, detailed; call for elimination of Lech Walesa as well noted. Agca's mtg. with Bulgarian Todor Aivasov in Sofia to discuss assassination attempt and Agca's later moves considered. Report's discussions of Agca's planning sessions with specific Bulgarians and Turks noted; one of these recalled seen in Saint Peters Sq. following shooting. [July 8, 1983, AGCA - claims three of these persons were with him during assassination attempt.] Code name of one given.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Reporter(s):
Kalb, Marvin;
Palmer, John
Duration:
00:02:50

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