In an editorial yesterday, the Sofia Morning News in Bulgaria called for taking Turkish gunman and recently-released prisoner Mehmet Ali Agca to court, in order to dismiss any suspicion of Bulgaria's involvement in the attempt to assassinate the Pope.
Agca, who shot Pope John Paul in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981, alleged he had been commissioned to do so by the Bulgarian secret service acting on the orders of the Soviet KGB, which feared the pontiff would encourage an anti-communist revolt. (Pope John Paul, it should be noted, was a native of Poland, a turbulent Communist nation under Soviet control in 1981.)
Three Turks and three Bulgarians, charged with conspiracy with Agca, were acquitted by an Italian court for lack of evidence.
The alleged Bulgarian link was never conclusively put to rest and still attracts conspiracy theorists.