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Would-be papal assassin could be free in January

December 22, 2009

Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in an assassination attempt in May 1981, will be released from a Turkish prison in January, his lawyer has announced.

Agca, who was convicted of the assault, was imprisoned in Italy until 2000, when—in accordance with a call for amnesty by Pope John Paul II himself—we was granted a pardon for that crime. He was then handed over to authorities in Turkey, to continue serving a sentence for a previous killing there. He will be eligible for release on January 18.

Agca, who has a history of making sensational public statements, generated headlines earlier this year by announcing that he wanted to become a Catholic.

 


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