Paris court confirms life in prison for ‘Carlos the Jackal’ in 1974 grenade attack

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Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan left-wing militant who carried out attacks around the world in the 1970s and 1980s, had a life sentence confirmed Thursday for a deadly grenade attack in a Paris store in 1974. said the Paris Prosecutor’s Office.

Following hearings that began Wednesday, a special criminal court in Paris upheld life in prison for a 1974 grenade attack at the Publicis pharmacy, a luxury shopping center in the French capital.

Carlos, who carried out several attacks in support of the Palestinian cause, was the prime suspect in the hijacking of a 1976 French flight to Uganda that ended with a raid by an Israeli commando. He was also suspected of being involved in the 1981 bombing of the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty headquarters in Munich, which injured five people. Communist secret police files opened after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 suggested that Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the attack.

Carlos was convicted of murder in 2017 and sentenced to life in prison, a verdict that was upheld on appeal. But in 2019, France’s highest court returned the case to court to reconsider his sentence, saying he shouldn’t have been convicted of both carrying and using a grenade because it amounted to being convicted twice of the same crime.

The self-described revolutionary, whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, has been behind bars in France since 1994, when French police caught up with him in Sudan after two decades on the run.

Carlos, now 71, is serving separate life sentences for the 1975 murders of two French policemen and a police informant, as well as a series of bombings in Paris and Marseille in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people. and left dozens of injured.

( Jowhar with AFP and REUTERS)