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Agca says told John Paul that Khomeini ordered shooting

Turk said ayatollah considered late pope Satan incarnate

07 February, 16:51
Agca says told John Paul that Khomeini ordered shooting (ANSA) - Rome, February 7 - Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, said on Thursday that he told the late pontiff before he died that Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the attack. A Vatican spokesman recently said that John Paul II's secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz, had said Agca and the late pope had not talked about who ordered the attack when they met in an Italian prison in 1983. Dziwisz, now the Archbishop of Krakow, was in the cell during the meeting. "What the Vatican said is false. I confirm that I said to the pope that Ayatollah Khomeini ordered me to kill him," Agca, who has accused the leader of the Iranian Revolution of being behind the attack in a new book, told ANSA.

"He considered him to be the incarnation of Satan". Initially, Ali Agca claimed that Soviet-era Bulgarian Secret Police were behind the plot to kill John Paul. After serving almost 20 years of a life sentence in prison in Italy, Agca was pardoned in 2000 and deported to Turkey.

Following the extradition, he was imprisoned for the 1979 murder of a left-wing journalist and for two bank robberies.

He was released in 2010.