Pope John Paul's would-be assassin released from prison, may face military service
Catholic World News - January 18, 2010
Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, has been released from a Turkish prison. After spending 19 years in an Italian prison for the attempted assassination, Agca served a 10-year sentence in Turkey for the murder of a journalist.
Mr. Agca has been taken to a military academy to evaluate his readiness for mandatory military service. “Agca is shocked and disappointed that he might be conscripted into military service,” said his attorney. “He says it is against his religious and philosophical beliefs to bear arms. There will also be difficulties in protecting Mehmet Ali Agca’s life where thousands of people carry weapons.”
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