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VATICAN MYSTERY AGCA

** RETRANSMITTING FOR IMPROVED QUALITY - FILE ** Undated picture of Italian teenager Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, believed to have been kidnapped after a music lesson in Rome on June 22, 1983 when she was 15-years-old. The announced release from jail in Turkey of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, may shed new light on Orlandi's quarter-century Vatican mystery disappearance. Her self-proclaimed kidnappers at the time demanded the release of Agca to gain her freedom, although they never offered any proof that they had the girl or that she was still alive. Several months ago, the family of Emanuela Orlandi asked prosecutors to reopen the case because "new elements" had emerged that warranted further investigation, the family's lawyer, Massimo Krogh, told The Associated Press on Monday Jan. 9, 2006. Krogh said the Orlandi family did believe there was a connection between Emanuela's disappearance and the attempt on John Paul's life. The kidnappers "wanted to exchange her" for Agca, he said. But asked whether Agca's release might also mean freedom for Orlandi, Krogh responded: "I frankly cannot say." (AP Photo)

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January 09, 2006 02:25:01 PM
January 09, 2006 03:28:10 PM
AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
UNDATED FILER - B/W ONLY
2049 x 3000 0.72 MB
Kidnapping, Crime
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