ABC Evening News for Friday, May 24, 1985
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REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Rome, Italy) Papal gunman Mehmet Ali Agca's claim he was member of Bulgarian plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II reviewed; prosecution mentioned relying on Agca's testimony to prove Bulgarian conspiracy. Defs. Sergei Antonov, Lieutenant Colonel Zhelyo Vassilev and Todor Aivazov discussed. Alleged motive of communist bloc in assassinating pontiff, due primarily to his support for Poland's Solidarity movement, considered. [Bulgarian government spokesperson Boyan TRAIKOV - (thru translator) denies motive or intent to kill Pope.] [VASSILEV, AIVAZOV - (thru translator) deny guilt.] [Italian legal expert Lorenzo SOTIS - (thru translator) feels Italy's case is weak.] Prosecutor Antonio Marini said acknowledging problems.
REPORTER: David Ensor
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