France: Carlos The Jackal Goes On Trial Again Monday In Paris


The infamous convicted terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal goes on trial again Monday in Paris for alleged involvement in a series of terrorist bombings in France in the early 1980s.

The attacks on two trains and a newspaper office in 1982 and 1983 killed 11 people and wounded at least 140. Three alleged accomplices will be tried in absentia.

Prosecutors uncovered what they say is evidence of Carlos’ guilt in communist archives in Hungary and the former East Germany. Carlos says he is innocent

He is already serving a life in prison sentence for killing two French policemen and an informant in 1975.

The 62 year-old Venezuelan’s real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez. Newspapers dubbed him Carlos the Jackal after police found a copy of the thriller novel Day of the Jackal in one of his hideouts.

Carlos first made world headlines in 1975 when he and a group of gunmen burst into a OPEC meeting in Vienna and took 11 oil ministers hostage.


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