Carlos the Jackal to face trial for 1974 grenade attack

Trevor Jackson
March 14, 2017

"The victims have been waiting so long for Ramirez to be judged and convicted".

In the interview, Carlos allegedly said he had attacked the Drugstore Publicis to put pressure on authorities to release a Japanese activist arrested in France two months earlier.

Carlos the Jackal, once the world's most wanted fugitive in the 1970s and early 1980s, has gone on trial in France for the deadly bombing of a Paris shop more than 40 years ago.

The 67-year-old Venezuelan has been in a French jail since being arrested in Sudan in 1994.

Ramirez was dubbed Carlos the Jackal by the press, named after the fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, The Day of the Jackal, which was turned into a popular film.

It is probably the last case concerning his past to come to trial.

"Today's trial concerns the launching of a hand grenade in a Paris shopping mall in 1974 that killed two people and injured dozens", NPRs Eleanor Beardsley reports.

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George Holleaux, an attorney representing the victims and their kin, pointed out that his clients are looking forward to seeing Carlos the Jackal in court.

Carlos the Jackal, born Illich Ramirez Sanchez, was already behind bars serving two separate life sentences-but Monday's trial could get him a third. Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Sanchez's lawyer and fiancé, maintained the trial is unnecessary.

He was also found guilty of four bombings in Paris and Marseille in 1982 and 1983, some targeting trains, which killed a total of 11 people and injured almost 150.

Investigators have tracked the provenance of the grenade and say it came from the same batch as those used by the Hague hostage-takers and had been stolen from a USA army base in 1972.

The case against Carlos the Jackal is based on witness testimonies from his former brothers-in-arms in the terrorist group he was affiliated with.

An Arab language news magazine in France, Al Watan Al Arabi, published a long interview with a man it identified as Carlos five years after the attack. Another grenade from the same batch was found inside the Paris home of Carlos's mistress as well. "Democracy has two principal enemies - totalitarianism, and terrorism", he said, suggesting that Carlos is among "those who threaten democracy by their actions".

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