Bulgarian linked to plot against pope dies

Sergei Antonov, a Bulgarian accused of taking part in a plot to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981, died in his Sofia apartment at the age of 59.

Bulgarian linked to plot against pope dies
Sergei Antonov, a Bulgarian accused of taking part in a plot to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981, died in his Sofia apartment at the age of 59.

A spokesperson for the Bulgarian Interior Ministry in Sofia Friday said Antonov died of natural causes.

Antonov, a Rome employee of the Bulgarian-owned Balkan Airlines, was arrested in 1982 as an alleged accomplice in the shooting of John Paul by Turk Ali Agca.

Antonov, suspected of being an agent of the Bulgarian intelligence service, was acquitted for lack of evidence after a trial that lasted four years, the International Herald Tribune said.

Antonov was released from detention in Italy in 1986 and returned to Sofia where he lived a low-key life.

UPI
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