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    Bolivian painter Benjamin Mendoza was sentenced to between 28 and 50 months imprisonment in Manila on Wednesday (April 21) for attempting to murder Pope Paul.

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    Bolivian painter Benjamin Mendoza was sentenced to between 28 and 50 months imprisonment in Manila on Wednesday (April 21) for attempting to murder Pope Paul. He was alleged to have lunged at the 73-year-old Pope twice with a knife when the Pontiff arrived for a three-day visit to the Philippines last November.

    Mendoza's application for bail pending an appeal was granted, but he was unable to raise the 8,000 pesos ( GBP533 Sterling) necessary.

    Mendoza had maintained he only wanted to go through the motions of killing the Pope, but not necessarily to kill him. The judge said in his 30-minure summary of the verdict that he had rejected a defence plea of insanity and a claim that Mendoza could eliminate the Pope "surrealistically" without incuring criminal liability. He dismissed as prepostrous a defence submission that Mendoza used the knife only to frighten the Pope.

    SYNOPSIS: In Manila, Bolivian painter Benjamin Mendoza arrived at the courthouse on Wednesday to be convicted and sentenced for attempting to murder Pope Paul, last November.

    Mendoza was alleged to have lunged at the 73-year old Pope twice with a knife when the Pontiff arrived for a three-day visit to the Philippines last year.

    Mendoza had maintained he only wanted to go through the motions of killing the Pope, but not necessarily to kill him. But the court had rejected a defence claim that Mendoza could eliminate the Pope "surrealistically" without incuring criminal liability.

    In his summing up, the judge dismissed as "preposterous" defence submission that Mendoza had used the knife only to frighten the Pope. The judge delivered his final verdict and then sentenced Mendoza to between 28 and 50 months imprisonment. In the Philippines, attempted murder carries a possible sentence of ten years imprisonment.

    Mendoza and his lawyer immediately applied for bail pending a possible appeal, but they were unable to raise the necessary eight thousand pesos. Before he left the courtroom, Mendoza was to present a pair of panties to each of six girls working as clerks and stenographers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF3B26N15ONE06DSHRU6PYJ9JS
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3B26N15ONE06DSHRU6PYJ9JS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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