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Court overturns release of man who shot pope

ANKARA, TURKEY — ANKARA, Turkey -- Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was detained by authorities yesterday after an appeals court overturned a decision to free Turkey's most notorious criminal.

Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said Agca did not resist. He did, however, repeat assertions that he was the Messiah.

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Agca was expected to spend the night at an Istanbul police station and appear before a prosecutor today. The 48-year-old was freed this month, five years after he was extradited to Turkey from Italy. Agca spent nearly 20 years in an Italian prison for the attack on the pope; Pope John Paul visited him there in 1983 and forgave him.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was up to the local court to decide how much more time Agca would have to serve.



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