Iran denies late leader Khomeini ordered pope shooting, dismissing claims by Turkish gunman

December 25, 2014 12:45 PM

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BELGRADE, Serbia – Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

The Turkish gunman earlier this week reiterated in a Serbian TV interview the claims he made in his book "They Promised Me Paradise." Agca says he told John Paul of the Iranian connection when he visited him in prison.

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