(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.