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Celik who was acquitted in pope-shooting case running for parliament

HDN | 9/12/2002 12:00:00 AM |

A Turk once accused and then acquitted in the 1981 shooting of Pope John Paul II has announced he will run for Turkish parliament in upcoming elections. Oral Celik has applied to run as an independent from the eastern city of Malayta in Nov. 3

A Turk once accused and then acquitted in the 1981 shooting of Pope John Paul II has announced he will run for Turkish parliament in upcoming elections.

Oral Celik has applied to run as an independent from the eastern city of Malayta in Nov. 3 parliamentary elections, the daily Hurriyet reported.

"I will become the eyes, ears and voice of the poor, orphans and unemployed," Hurriyet quoted Celik as saying in his first political speech.

Celik, who also announced he would establish a political party, was accused of conspiring to shoot the pope, but an Italian court acquitted him in 1982.

Last year, Italy extradited Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot the pope, to Turkey. Agca spent years in an Italian jail and is now serving time here for killing a Turkish newspaper editor in 1979.

Istanbul - The Associated Press

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