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Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul freed
Cat : John F. Kennedy
Date : 2006-01-12 19:01:49                      Reader : 621

who arranged his room in that building ?! who told him to stay there to be face to face with JFK?! Why the cars of President slowed down there?! Why Sarhan was killed?! Who benefited from JFK assassination?! Vanunu the Jewish engineer who worked in Dimona reactor said: We killed JFK.

We demand a new investigation for both the Turkish and Sarhan case for  crimes against the Pope as well as gainst JFK.


REUTERS Thu 12/1/2006
 
Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul freed
 
By Jon Hemming
 
 
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and wounded     Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish jail on Thursday after serving more than a quarter of a century behind bars.
 
"Agca is now a free man. After 26 years Agca is now getting wet in the rain," his lawyer Mustafa Demirbag told Reuters.
 
But Turkish Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said he would appeal Agca's release and the 48-year-old former right-wing gangster could be jailed again for the 1979 murder of liberal newspaper editor Abdi Ipekci and charges dating from the 1970s.
 
"As the justice minister, I will ask the appeals court to examine the release of Agca," Cicek told a news conference.
 
Agca's motives in shooting the Pope in Rome's St. Peter's Square remain a mystery, but some believe he was a hitman for Soviet-era East European security services alarmed by the Polish-born Pontiff's fierce opposition to communism.
 
An Italian ex-magistrate who investigated the 1981 shooting says Agca could now be in danger as he knows too many secrets.
 
Dressed casually and looking solemn, Agca was whisked from his Istanbul jail to register for military service.
 
As he emerged, he said nothing, but handed reporters a copy of a Time magazine cover with a picture of himself meeting Pope John Paul. "Why Forgive?" the headline said.
 
The army insists he must do his military service, obligatory for all Turkish men, but it was not immediately clear whether or when this would take place. He left prison under heavy guard due to fears he might flee the draft as he did in the 1970s.
 
However, his lawyers hope he will win a reprieve or serve a shorter stint because of his age and poor health.
 
The army was deciding whether his medical condition meant he could be excused from military service, state-run Anatolian news agency said, but his present whereabouts were not immediately clear.
 
Agca served 19 years in an Italian prison for the assassination attempt before being pardoned at the Pope's behest in 2000. He was then extradited to Turkey to serve a separate sentence in an Istanbul jail for the Ipekci murder and robbery.
 
Under new Turkish laws, his time served in Italy was deducted from the 25 years left on his sentence in Turkey.
 
His early release has triggered criticism in Turkey.
 
"Day of shame," said the centrist Milliyet newspaper, for which Ipekci worked. It criticized Cicek for not intervening to keep Agca behind bars longer.
 
SECRETS
 
Former Italian magistrate Ferdinando Imposimato told Reuters in an interview in Rome this week that Agca was now in danger.
 
"I think the Turkish government should guarantee Agca's security because he knows so many secrets and he may be killed," he said. "The best thing would be to keep him in jail."
 
Imposimato said he was convinced the former Soviet KGB was behind one of the most notorious assassination attempts of the 20th century and secret services were hiding the truth.
 
Agca has given conflicting reasons over the years why he raised his gun above the crowd in 1981 and shot the Pope.
 
At his trial in Italy, he claimed to be a reincarnation of Jesus and said the shooting was a fulfillment of a prophecy the Virgin Mary told children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Some 14 years after the trial, the     Vatican said the Virgin had indeed made such a prophecy.
 
Prosecutors failed to prove charges that Bulgaria's communist-era secret services had hired Agca to kill the Pope on behalf of the Soviet Union.
 
The so-called "Bulgarian Connection" trial ended with an "acquittal for lack of sufficient evidence" of three Turks and three Bulgarians charged with conspiring along with Agca.
 
Pope John Paul, credited by historians with helping the collapse of communism in eastern Europe in 1989, said in 2002 he had never believed Bulgaria was linked to the assassination bid.
 
The Pope died last year, aged 84.
 
In the 1970s, Agca belonged to a right-wing militant faction and also had ties to Turkey's criminal underworld.
 
He was jailed in Turkey after killing Ipekci, but soon escaped with suspected help from sympathizers in the Turkish security apparatus. Turkey has always denied any official link with Agca and has dismissed him as mentally unstable.
 
"Whether the sentence was too long or too short is not important at all," said Nuzhet Ipekci, daughter of the slain editor, "I would just like to know why he did this ... he is more important as a witness than as the accused."
 
Agca says he is now a man of peace specially chosen by God. Turkish media have quoted him as saying he would like to meet John Paul's successor,     Pope Benedict, when he visits Turkey later this year.
 
(Additional reporting by Osman Senkul and Gareth Jones)

 
 
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