Italy: An Epic Trial in Rome

An Epic Trial in Rome

After years of preparation, one of the most complex and controversial criminal proceedings ever entered upon gets under way this week when eight men charged with conspiring to assassinate Pope John Paul II go on trial in Rome's criminal court. Mehmet Ali Agca, 27, the Turkish terrorist who was sentenced to life imprisonment after he shot the Pope in St. Peter's Square four years ago, is expected to be the central figure during the initial phases of the trial.

A major portion of Agca's testimony will undoubtedly focus on the so-called ( Bulgarian connection: the prosecution's contention that Agca and a...

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