Thursday, June 27, 2013

Global Impact: Paris Appellate Court Sentences "Carlos the Jackal" to Life in Prison

Thankfully, a French appellate court yesterday (June 26) sentenced Venezuelan terrorist Illich Ramírez Sánchez, 63, also known as “Carlos the Jackal” to life in prison for his role in attacks staged in France in 1982 and 1983, reaffirming the sentence that had been handed down to him in December 2011.

In a personal twist, defense attorney Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who married Carlos in 2001, said she would appeal the sentence to France's Supreme Court.

Sánchez, was also banned by the Appeals Court in Paris from requesting any special prison privileges for 18 months, the same penalty that had been imposed in an earlier phase of the case.

The appellate trial, which began on May 13, also included German citizen Christa Frohlich, who was tried in absentia because she did not want to risk losing her legal protection by crossing into France for the hearings.

Frohlich, who was acquitted in an earlier trial, was once again acquitted by the panel’s 10 judges.

Prosecutors were seeking a 10-year prison sentence for Frohlich for the role she played in the attack on Marbeuf street in Paris.

The four attacks killed 11 people and wounded nearly two dozen others.

COMMENT: Sánchez 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 Carlos 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.

Sánchez was abducted by French secret service agents in August 1994 in Khartoum and spirited him away to Paris aboard a private plane. 

Considering that Sánchez has been involved in transnational terrorism since the 1970s, it is a just punishment for him to spend the end of his days in a French prison.