The terrorist Carlos-Szakal was sentenced to life imprisonment for carrying out the bloody attack in Paris in 1974. Carlos, who is actually called Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a triple life sentence for the attacks carried out in the 1970s and 1980s in the name of the Communist Revolution and for the Palestinian cause.
A special trial court with jurors confirmed on Thursday a life sentence for Venezuelan-born terrorist Carlos-Jackal for carrying out a bloody attack in Paris in 1974, AFP reported on Thursday evening. Before the court and jurors went to their deliberations, Jackal said he felt proud of his “revolutionary past” and added that he “killed 83 people, at least.”
In the last hearing concerning the Jackal and the assassination attempt 47 years ago, the court issued a verdict that had already been confirmed twice. In 2018, the Court of Appeal in Paris confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment, but in 2019 the Court of Cassation, without questioning his guilt, ordered a new trial, which was only to determine the amount of the sentence.
The jackal confessed to carrying out over 100 attacks
Carlos, who is actually called Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a triple life sentence for the attacks carried out in the 1970s and 1980s in the name of the Communist Revolution and for the Palestinian cause. In the 1974 Paris attack, two people were killed and 34 injured – Ramirez Sanchez was accused of throwing a hand grenade in the Paris Latin Quarter.
In 2011, Carlos was sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in four attacks in France, killing 11 people and injuring over 140. Earlier, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two French policemen and their informant in Paris in 1975.
In a 2011 interview for one of the Venezuelan newspapers, Szakal admitted to carrying out more than 100 attacks, killing a total of 1,500-2,000 people. In court, when asked about his profession, he replied that he was a “professional revolutionary”. He bears the name given to him by his father, a left-wing lawyer, in memory of the leader of the Bolshevik revolution, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Ramirez Sanchez has been in prison for over 23 years.
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