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Turkish Police Arrest Pope's Would-Be Assassin


Mehmet Ali Agca at court in Istanbul, 12 January (ITAR-TASS) 20 January 2006 -- Turkish police in Istanbul have arrested the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981.


Mehmet Ali Agca was arrested shortly after a court overturned a decision that allowed authorities to release him from jail eight days ago.


The court ruled that Agca should return to jail for the killing in 1979 of a Turkish journalist and other crimes. He had already served time in Turkey for the killing.


Agca spent 19 years in an Italian jail after he shot Pope John Paul II.


(AP, AFP)

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