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Pope's Failed Assassin Released

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posted on Jan, 12 2006 @ 06:30 AM
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After 20+ years, John Paul II's would-have-been assassin has been released from a Turkish Jail. It's still not clear why he did it, or indeed who he did it for.
 



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The Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II almost 25 years ago has been released from prison.

Mehmet Ali Agca served nearly 20 years in Italian jails for the attempted murder, and was then jailed in Turkey for bank robbery and another killing.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


I never saw the motivation for this guy to do what he did. As far as I could make out, no organized group claimed credible resonsibility. So what does this make him? A 'lone gunman' with mental health issues, or someone who *was* genuinely working for the Bulgarians to eliminate a 'troublesome priest'?




posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 04:19 PM
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Originally posted by TaupeDragon
After 20+ years, John Paul II's would-have-been assassin has been released from a Turkish Jail. It's still not clear why he did it, or indeed who he did it for.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
The Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II almost 25 years ago has been released from prison.

Mehmet Ali Agca served nearly 20 years in Italian jails for the attempted murder, and was then jailed in Turkey for bank robbery and another killing.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


I never saw the motivation for this guy to do what he did. As far as I could make out, no organized group claimed credible resonsibility. So what does this make him? A 'lone gunman' with mental health issues, or someone who *was* genuinely working for the Bulgarians to eliminate a 'troublesome priest'?


edition.cnn.com...

The whole scenario puzzles me but of course I didn't really follow it. I find more humor out of it just for the fact that he's being sent back to prison. I know that his heart just dropped ~" Free at last , free at last" ~ uh sorry sir we made a mistake back in ya go. *smack on tha booty* Say hello to Bubba for us.


On the serious side though could someone explain to me what the situation was with this issue? Was it religious, political, or anti Pope~ism (word I just made up)



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ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- The man who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II nearly 25 years ago has been rearrested after Turkey's Supreme Court ruled his release from prison last week was a legal mistake.

Mehmet Ali Agca spent 19 years in an Italian prison for the pope's shooting before he was pardoned in 2000 by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. He also spent five years in a Turkish prison for the 1979 murder of a left-wing newspaper editor.

Last week, a lower court allowed for his release because under Turkish law Agca's time in prison in Italy counted as time served for the murder of the journalist, Abdi Ipekci. His release caused outrage among some in Turkey.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned that ruling and Agca was taken into custody in Istanbul. He was expected to be taken to jail later in the day.

If he is forced to complete his sentence, he could be in jail until 2010, legal experts said.

Agca was also convicted of robbing a factory and stealing a vehicle in 1979 -- and could even serve another four years for those crimes.

He served five months for killing Ipekci before escaping a military prison in 1979.

Although a military court had ordered Agca's execution for killing Ipekci, a 1991 amnesty commuted that sentence to 10 years. He later benefited from a second amnesty in 2000, which deducted 10 years from his time.

In its ruling Friday, the appeals court said Agca could benefit only from the 1991 amnesty.

"We're respectful of all decisions by Turkish courts," Agca's lawyer, Mustafa Demirbag, told private NTV television earlier Friday.

In the first government comment on the ruling, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said: "The justice ministry did its duty. After this it is down to the legal process."

John Paul II was critically wounded in the May 13, 1981, shooting, which occurred as he rode in an open car across St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Agca shot the pontiff point-blank, striking him in the abdomen, left hand and right arm. He was captured immediately.

Doctors were able to save John Paul II's life largely because Agca's bullets missed his vital organs. The pope publicly forgave his would-be assassin three days after the shooting and later met Agca in prison.

John Paul II died April 2 at age 84. He was replaced by Pope Benedict XVI.

His release from prison on January 12 prompted little Vatican comment. Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said merely that the Holy See supported "the decisions of the courts involved in this matter."

Before his arrest, Agca had said he would speak about the assassination attempt if paid to do so. He was reported to be entertaining offers of up to $1 million.

Agca vanished from the public eye after his release from prison, but authorities said they had intelligence about his whereabouts. He appeared in public Monday at a military hospital, but later slipped away again, AP said.

Over the years Agca has given various reasons for the assassination attempt.

At his trial in Italy, he claimed to be a reincarnation of Jesus and said the shooting was a fulfilment of a prophecy the Virgin Mary told children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

Fourteen years after the trial, the Vatican said the Virgin had indeed made such a prophecy, according to Reuters.

Prosecutors did not prove charges that Bulgaria's Communist-era secret services had hired Agca to kill the pope on behalf of the Soviet Union.





posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 10:08 PM
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Mehmet Ali Agca has been arrested again.

They suddenly regreted that they released him. When he was arrested, he said: "I have been waiting for you!". He also shouted in English, Italian and Turkish (I´m translating from Norwegian to English so it may not be accurate) : "I am the Messiah! I am not the son of God, I am the Messiah!"

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Photo: Tolga Bozoglu - click the picture for norwegian article from Dagbladet if you can read norwegian...



posted on Jan, 24 2006 @ 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by TaupeDragon
After 20+ years, John Paul II's would-have-been assassin has been released from a Turkish Jail. It's still not clear why he did it, or indeed who he did it for.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
The Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II almost 25 years ago has been released from prison.

Mehmet Ali Agca served nearly 20 years in Italian jails for the attempted murder, and was then jailed in Turkey for bank robbery and another killing.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


I never saw the motivation for this guy to do what he did. As far as I could make out, no organized group claimed credible resonsibility. So what does this make him? A 'lone gunman' with mental health issues, or someone who *was* genuinely working for the Bulgarians to eliminate a 'troublesome priest'?


I heard on headline news that he was rearrested because he did not serve enough time.



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