Turk who tried to kill Pope in 1981 to be released on Thursday

A man who tried to assassinate former Pope John Paul II in 1981 will be released on Thursday, but may be tried for allegedly dodging the draft, a Turkish official said on Monday.

A man who tried to assassinate former Pope John Paul II in 1981 will be released on Thursday, but may be tried for allegedly dodging the draft, a Turkish official said on Monday.

Mehmet Ali Agca, 47, served almost 20 years in Italy before he was was extradited to Turkey in 2000, where he was jailed for the 1979 murder of Turkish journalist Abdi Ipekci.

Agca was granted clemency in Italy in 2000 for shooting and wounding John Paul in St. Peter's Square in Rome.

There is no known explanation for the attack.

After he leaves the Turkish prison, Agca will be nabbed by paramilitary police because he has dodged Turkey's required military service, Anatolia reported.

An official said Agca may be taken to a military court for dodging the draft and escaping from a military prison in 1979.

Turkey generally accepts military conscripts until age 41.