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Turkish justice minister appeals release of Pope John Paul II gunman

[JURIST] Turkish Justice Minister Cemil Cicek requested Tuesday that a court return Mehmet Ali Agca [Wikipedia profile], the man who shot Pope John Paul II [official website; JURIST news archive], to prison for at least 11 more months. Agca had escaped from prison where he was serving a 36-year sentence for murdering Turkish journalist Abdi Ipekci [profile] when he shot the Pope in 1981. Cicek argued that he should have served the full 10 years remaining of the sentence when Agca was returned to Turkish prison on June 14, 2000 and that the time he served in Italy should not have been deducted from his sentence. He further argued that even if the court deducted his time in Italy, at least 11 months remain that Agca should serve in Turkey. AP has more.

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