Pope 1981 gunman moved to Ankara prison


ANKARA, AFP

Turkish authorities Friday moved the man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 to an Ankara high security prison from a similar jail in Istanbul, his relatives said. Mehmet Ali Agca, 49, had been jailed in Istanbul since his extradition from Italy in 2000, where he served 19 years for the assassination attempt.

He requested to be moved to the eastern city of Malatya, where his family lives, but authorities would only move him to Ankara, about 700 kilometers northwest of his native city, his brother Adnan said.