Thursday, January 12, 2006
Mehmet Ali Agca, served nearly 20 years in Italian jails for the attempted murder. In Turkey, he was jailed for bank robbery and another murder.
Agca, 48, shot the Pope in St Peter's Square in 1981, but has never explained why. The pontiff later visited him in jail and publicly forgave him.
The Turkish government is appealing against the release.
That isn't even the beginning of it
Newspapers in Turkey are angry at the release from jail in Istanbul of Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
But their outrage is directed at what they see as leniency towards Agca over another of his crimes - the 1979 murder of the editor-in-chief of the Milliyet newspaper, Abdi Ipekci.