Priest Arrested In Plot To Poison Senior Cleric

He was arrested at an airport carrying cyanide in his suitcase.

By Jaime Lutz

Police in the country of Georgia have arrested a priest on charges that he planned to poison a senior member of the church, the Associate Press reported Monday. Seems like a plot from The Young Pope, but it's true!

Father Georgi Mamaladze was apparently charged with attempting to assassinate Patriarch Ilia, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, and arrested at an airport carrying cyanide in his suitcase on Friday. 

Mamaladze, himself a high-profile member of the Georgian Orthodox Church, was headed to Germany, where Ilia had been staying at a hospital.

Investigators arrested Mamaladze on a tip from the man who said sold him cyanide. Weapons were found at his house, according to police.

Prosecutors have not publicly linked Mamaladze’s arrest to the reported attempt on Ilia’s life, saying that the details of the case are classified and simply saying that Mamaladze planned to poison a senior cleric. 

Still, a well-respected Georgian news outlet reported an attempt to poison Ilia that seemingly matches up to the details of Mamaladze’s arrest.

[Image: Patriarch Ilia, from Getty Images]

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