Monday, January 18, 2010

Crime: Turk who shot Pope released, still claiming to be a Messiah

Reuters - The man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II, Mehmet Ali Agca, was released from a Turkish prison on Monday, nearly 30 years after the assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square

Agca served 19 years in an Italian prison for the attack, before being pardoned on the pope's initiative in 2000 but was extradited to serve a sentence in his home country for other crimes including the 1979 murder of a newspaper editor.

On his release from an Ankara jail, the 52-year-old failed assassin issued a handwritten statement through his lawyers in which he reiterated claims to be a Messiah.

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