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Pope's would-be assassin refused bail

BY OUR ROME CORRESPONDENT

JOHN PAUL II2s would-be assassin, Mehmet All Agca, has been turned down for the restricted parole he had sought. Italian police this week refused Agca's plea because of the disappearance of another former Islamic terrorist while on parole. Majed Al Molqi, one of the terrorists responsible for the hijacking of the luxury Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro, in 1983, failed to report back to Rome's Rebibbia Prison. He has been missing since last month.

With tension running high in Italy following the former terrorist's disappearance, a prison authority source said "this incident has indefinitely postponed any possibility of

parole for Mehmet Ali Agca... Public opinion at this time would not be in favour."

Agca, who shot the Pope in a crowded St Peter's Square on 13 May 1981, was reported to have a "possibility of restricted parole" which would have allowed the 42-year-old to leave Ascoli Piceno prison during the day to work.




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