Wednesday, October 8, 2014

France: "Carlos the Jackal" Loses Appeal for Life Sentence, At Least in "His" World

According to the BBC, self-styled revolutionary "Carlos the Jackal" lost an appeal, at least in his narrow world, against his life sentence for deadly attacks in France during the 1980s.

For clarification, though, the below link underlines the fact Ilich Ramírez Sánchez is serving at least two life sentences in France:

The Venezuelan by birth, AKA Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, 64, has always denied playing any role in the bomb attacks that killed 11 people.
A court in Paris upheld his two life sentences on Wednesday (October 8).
The 63-year-old, who is also serving a life sentence for a triple murder in 1975, was captured in Sudan in 1994.
By that time he had earned global notoriety as a Marxist militant who masterminded deadly bomb attacks, assassinations and hostage-takings.
Ramírez addressed the appeals court for four hours ahead of the judgement.
He said evidence against him had been falsified by "manipulators serving foreign powers" and accused French investigators of being "agents of the American Embassy," according to AFP.
COMMENT: Assuming that French penal officers can prevent the escape of their most valued prisoner [MVP] over the next 20-25 years, Ramírez Sánchez' will never see the light of day until his death, as I have closely followed his exploits through the duration of both of our respective lives.

Considering that Ramírez Sánchez said following the ruling, his attorney, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said her client would appeal once again, saying the verdict was decided "without a shred of proof by a discredited justice" system.
Ramírez began his six week-long trial by saying he had decided to "fire" his lawyers and asking for a court-appointed defense team.

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I am a living archive. Most of the people of my level are dead”
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos the Jackal
Prosecutors had struggled to secure a conviction until...the release of secret files from East Germany's notorious secret police, the STASI.
During his trial in 2011, Ramírez described himself as a "man of combat" and a "professional revolutionary."
"I am a living archive," he said. "Most of the people of my level are dead."
He also read a text in memory of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who is known to have funded anti-Western attacks.
His convictions in France relate to attacks during 1982-83:
  • In March 1982, a bomb exploded on a train between Paris and Toulouse, killing five people and wounding 28;
  • A month later a car bomb attack was mounted on an anti-Syrian newspaper in Paris, with one passer-by killed and 60 injured; and
  • On New Year's Eve 1983, a bomb on a TGV fast train between Marseille and Paris killed three people and wounded 13, and a bomb at a Marseille train station killed two.
Ramírez was born into a wealthy Venezuelan family and studied in Moscow before joining the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He converted to Islam in 1975.
He got his nickname after a copy of Frederick Forsyth's novel, THE DAY OF THE JACKAL was found among his belongings.

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