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July 08, 1985

Bekir Celenk, on trial in absentia in the plot to kill Pope John Paul II, was taken into custody by Turkish officials upon his unexpected arrival in Istanbul. The Bulgarian news agency, BTA, said Celenk, who had been held in Bulgaria since December, 1982, was released after it was determined there was no proof of his involvement in the plot to kill the Pope. Celenk is one of eight defendants at the Rome trial. He faces charges in Turkey involving drug offenses and arms smuggling.

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