Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II, now claims that Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini personally told him to kill the pope. In his new autobiography, "They Promised Me Paradise" – which was released in Italy today, Agca claims that he was trained in Iran by Iranian intelligence after escaping from a Turkish prison, and that the Iranian leader himself told him to kill John Paul in the name of God. (AP, 31 January)
Agca shot and wounded John Paul on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter's Square. Minutes after being arrested, Agca claimed he had acted alone. Later he changed his story and suggested that the Soviet and Bulgarian intelligence were behind the attack, but later backed away from that assertion. The Pope pardoned Agca and he was released from prison in 2010.
File photo: Mehmet Ali Agca (The Telegraph)