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Pope's failed assassin to be freed after three decades in jail

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who tried to kill pope John Paul II in 1981, walks free Monday after almost three decades behind bars, planning to cash in on his turbulent past with million-dollar media projects, and to get married.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2010 16:53 IST

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who tried to kill pope John Paul II in 1981, walks free Monday after almost three decades behind bars, planning to cash in on his turbulent past with million-dollar media projects, and to get married.

He has also said he wants to travel to the Vatican to see the tomb of John Paul II, who had visited him in prison in 1983 and forgave him for the attack, and meet with his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Agca, 52, who will be released from a high-security prison near Ankara, "is in good health, both physically and mentally," his lawyer Haci Ali Ozhan said. "He wants to get married and will look for a fiancee."

Agca has received more than 50 offers from foreign publishers and movie-makers, eager to buy his story in the hope that he may finally lift the shroud of mystery still surrounding his attack on the pope, Ozhan said.

In a series of rambling letters from prison, Agca has fed suggestions he is mentally disturbed, claiming to be the second Messiah, announcing plans to write "the perfect Bible" and volunteering to go to Afghanistan to kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.