Carlos the Jackal to face trial over 1974 Paris terror attack
Carlos the Jackal, considered by many as the most notorious terrorist in the 1970s and 80s, is set to face trial in France again for allegedly committing a 1974 grenade attack in the city. The media began calling Sanchez "Carlos the Jackal" in reference to the novel "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth which revolves around a terrorist.
In the late afternoon of September 15, 1974, a grenade was lobbed into the entrance of the store, killing two men and leaving 34 people injured.
If convicted at the end of the new trial before a special terrorism court, he could get a third life sentence.
With attention in France now focused on the threat of Islamist attacks, "the trial in Paris will reach back to a time when Europe was repeatedly targeted by ruthless groups sympathetic to the Palestinian cause", says The Guardian.
At the time of the attack, Ramirez Sanchez was 24 years old and had already joined the organisation Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, but had not yet achieved worldwide notoriety.
Carlos, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, was dubbed "Carlos the Jackal" by the press when he was giving global security services the slip while on the run.
He kissed the hand of his lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who is also his partner.
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The attack's victims, however, are relieved.
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.
Prosecutor Remi Crosson du Cormier argued that the trial remains relevant today.
The prosecution's case rests heavily on testimony from several of Carlos' former brothers-in-arms, particularly claims by Hans-Joachim Klein, who alleges The Jackal sought "to apply pressure to have the Japanese man freed".
Al-Watan Al-Arabi magazine published an interview in 1979 in which Carlos is said to have admitted that he had carried out the attack. In the article, he claimed to have personally thrown the grenade, describing details of the incident. The Jackal later disputed he had given the interview.
A year after the Drugstore Publicis attack, Carlos sprang to global recognition in the 1975 hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers.
Carlos was arrested in Sudan and whisked to France in a sack by French intelligence services in 1994.
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