January 21, 2006 |
Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was detained by authorities Friday after an appeals court overturned a decision to free Turkey's most notorious criminal. An hour and half after the ruling, police handcuffed Agca at an apartment block in Istanbul's lower middle class Kartal neighborhood, close to the jail from which he had been released Jan. 12. Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said Agca did not put up a fight. He did, however, repeat assertions that he was the messiah.
January 19, 2010 |
After nearly 30 years behind bars, the Turkish man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II walked out of a prison a free man Monday and promptly predicted the end of the world. Now a gray-haired 52-year-old, Mehmet Ali Agca declared himself the "Christ eternal" and prophesied that humanity would be wiped out this century, in a statement passed out to a scrum of television cameras and waiting reporters in Ankara, the Turkish capital. Later, the hollow-cheeked Agca, who has spent more of his life in prison than out, was declared mentally disturbed by doctors who exempted him from mandatory military service, the Associated Press reported.
April 16, 1985 |
Papal assailant Mehmet Ali Agca is undergoing treatment for tuberculosis at the prison where he is serving a life sentence, his lawyer said today. Asked if the convicted Turkish terrorist's condition was serious, Pietro D'Ovidio said, "We don't know."
January 12, 2006 |
The Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 was freed from prison today after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist. Dozens of police officers stood guard as Mehmet Ali Agca left Kartal prison. John Paul personally forgave him 2 1/2 years after the attack.
June 26, 1985
Mehmet Ali Agca, serving a life sentence for attempting to assassinate the Pope, contradicted himself repeatedly in testimony about alleged accomplices. "How many truths are in you, Agca?" Judge Severino Santiapichi asked in exasperation. Agca announced that he would refuse to answer further questions at the trial in Rome.
July 19, 1985 |
A defense lawyer asked the court hearing the papal plot case today to order psychiatric tests for Mehmet Ali Agca, the prosecution's star witness. Agca responded by saying he had returned from heaven to announce the end of the world. Agca, who claims Bulgaria ordered his 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II, said he had no objections to a psychiatric examination. None was ordered.