Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Turk who shot Pope John Paul released from prison - claims to be Christ Eternal

    "I proclaim the end of the world. All the world will be destroyed in this century. Every human being will die in this century." "I am not God and I am not the son of God. I am the Christ Eternal," he shouted, repeating the words from a handwritten statement that his lawyers had released earlier. [+]
    Agca has said he wants to visit the pope's tomb in Rome, and meet his successor, Pope Benedict. "He has served his time in jail so now he is a free man according to the law. Let's hope also his heart has changed," said Archbishop Ennio Apignanesi. "Maybe he will come to Rome. The Pope went twice to forgive him. Now he could come and make a prayer." [+]

The man who shot Pope John Paul II sparked revulsion last night by demanding £3million for his story after he left prison.

Mehmet Ali Agca, 52, also said in a bizarre statement yesterday: "I proclaim the end of the world. All the world will be destroyed in this century.


"Every human being will die in this century... I am the Christ eternal."

 Agca, who spent 29 years in jail, checked into a five-star hotel last night after leaving his cell in Ankara, Turkey.

He could cash in on the fact that he has never revealed why he attempted the 1981 assassination in Rome.


And he hinted he may finally explain why he tried to kill the Pope - but only if he signs a deal to tell his story for a huge sum.

Italian politicians were quick to voice outrage. Massimo Gasparri, of the ruling People of Freedom Party, said: "Let's not forget this man was responsible for an attempt on the life of a Pope and it would be a scandal if someone would feed his mad illusions by paying for his memoirs.

"Any attempt to make a star out of a killer and a terrorist must be condemned."


John Paul II survived being hit by four of the Turk's bullets as he rode in an open car in St Peter's Square. The Pope visited his would-be assassin in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983 and forgave him.

Agca was jailed for life in July 1981 and pardoned in 2000 at the Pope's request.

But he was extradited to Turkey and locked up for murder and robberies.

Finally out on parole, he was taken to hospital for a check-up yesterday and declared mentally unfit for army service.

Last night the Vatican said it was all right for Agca to "come and pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul in Rome... surrounded by a huge number of police and security".

Agca's lawyer said: "He may speak in a few days. We are not running away from the media."


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