Pope's Shooter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Turkish T-V reports the military has declared Pope John Paul's shooter unfit for service.

Mehmet Ali Agca (MEH'-met AH'-lee AH'-juh) was freed from a Turkish prison Thursday. The draft dodger reported to a military hospital in Istanbul today. C-N-N-Turk and N-T-V report a panel of military doctors examined him and ruled Agca's not fit to be enlisted in the Army.

Agca was jailed a little more than 19 years in Italy after shooting the pope. He was then extradited to Turkey, where he served about five and a-half years for killing a prominent journalist.

Judicial authorities are reviewing his release. Local officials who released him calculated that he served a full 20 years in Italy. He actually was jailed 19 years and one month.

Turkey's justice minister has said Agca may be returned to jail to serve at least eleven more months.

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