January 12, 2006

Man who shot Pope John Paul leaves Turkish jail

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope
John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish jail on
Thursday escorted by police.

Turkish media said he was being taken to a military
recruitment center for medical checks prior to doing his
compulsory military service.

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 robbery and murder.