It's a dream!" declared Mehmet Ali Agca. With Pope John Paul II's urging, Italy's president had finally pardoned the prematurely aging Turk for the near-fatal shooting of the pontiff in 1981. A few hours after last week's annuncement, armed guards escorted Agca from Rome to his new home: a maximum-security prison in Istanbul.
His troubles are far from over. A variety of unrelated criminal charges are pending in Turkey against the former member of the neofascist Gray Wolves terror network, and he's facing nearly 10 years in jail for the 1979 murder of a progressive Turkish journalist. Agca, found guilty of the killing in absentia, angrily denounced the charge last week as "a fairy tale."
Photo: His 'dream' came true