Vatican: The Bulgarian

Old suspicions, new suspect

Almost from the moment Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded 18 months ago by a Turkish escaped prisoner named Mehmet Ali Agca, there have been vague reports that one or another Soviet-bloc intelligence agency might have been involved in the crime. With an arrest sure to fuel such rumors, Italian police last week seized a Bulgarian citizen named Sergei Ivanov Antonov, 34, head of the Rome office for Balkan Airlines. The charge: that Antonov was an active accomplice of Agca's.

Agca is now in prison, serving...

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