28 Aralık 2014 Pazar

Where-Are-They-Now Dept.: Shot Pope in '81

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(Hurriyet Newspaper, 28 December 2014)

Mehmet Ali Agca, who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II
in 1981, has visited Pope John's grave at the Vatican and left
flowers there.  Agca was then taken into custody by Italian
police, who said that Agca will be deported.

According to the Italian press, Agca entered Italy from Austria.
A reporter from La Repubblica said that Agca had told him that
he entered without a visa.  Agca's visit to the Vatican was
covered by the Italian news agency Adnkronos because,
according to Agca, "you were the first to give the world the
images of  the moment I shot the Pope."

Agca's visit to the Pope's grave occurred on the anniversary
of the Pope pardoning him on 27 December 1983.  A Vatican
spokesman, Father Ciro Benedetti said Agca was free to visit
the Vatican. However, Agca's request to meet with Pope Francis
was rejected. The Pope's spokesman, Federico Lombardi, said
"He left flowers at the grave. I think that's enough."

                     ...in happier days.

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