Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Global Impact: Paris Trial of Venezuelan Terrorist, "Carlos the Jackal," to Proceed

According to EFE, criminal court in Paris on Monday (May 13) rejected a motion by defense counsel representing the Venezuelan terrorist Illich Ramírez Sánchez, 63, AKA “Carlos the Jackal” to reschedule his appeal, according to Judge Regis de Jorna.

The ten-member appellate court is hearing challenges to the defendant's convictions for homicides committed in France in 1982 and 1983.

The terrorist mastermind was convicted of the killings in December 2011 and sentenced to life in prison.

COMMENT: The defendant was convicted for the first time in December 1997 of the 1975 murders of two police officers and their Lebanese informant in Paris.

French authorities also linked
Ramérez Sánchez to three incidents in 1982-1983, including an attack on a Paris-Toulouse train in which five people died and 77 others were wounded, another in the French capital that killed one person and wounded 11 others and a third on the train station in Marseille that killed two people and wounded 40 others.