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    Carlos the Jackal getting wheeled out again

    Carlos the Jackal to face trial in France over 1974 bombing

    Carlos the Jackal, the perpetrator of headline-grabbing attacks in the 1970s and early 1980s, goes on trial in France on Monday for the deadly bombing of a Paris shop more than 40 years ago.

    With attention in France now focused on the ever-present threat of jihadist attack, the trial in Paris will reach back to a time when Europe was repeatedly targeted by ruthless groups sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

    The 67-year-old Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, describes himself as a “professional revolutionary” and was dubbed “Carlos the Jackal” by the press when he was one of the world’s most wanted terror suspects.

    The nickname came from a fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, The Day of the Jackal, which was turned into a popular film.

    Arrested in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in 1994 by elite French police, Ramírez is already serving a life sentence for the murders of two policemen killed in Paris in 1975 and that of a Lebanese revolutionary.

    He was also found guilty of four bombings in Paris and Marseille in 1982 and 1983, some targeting trains, which killed 11 people and injured nearly 150.

    Ramírez will be judged by three judges for the attack on the Drugstore Publicis, a busy shop once located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the heart of Paris. 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.

    Georges Holleaux, a lawyer representing the two widows of the men killed and 16 other people affected, said they relished the chance to finally see Ramírez in court.

    “The victims have been waiting so long for Carlos to be judged and convicted. Their wounds have never healed,” he said.

    Carlos the Jackal receives second life sentence
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    Ramírez’s lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said the trial was a waste of time and money.

    “What exactly is the point of having a trial so long after the events?” she said.

    Ramírez denies the charges, which include “murders carried out with a terrorist organisation”.

    Al Watan Al-Arabi magazine published an interview in 1979 in which Ramírez is said to have admitted that he had thrown the grenade into the shop. He has since denied giving the interview.

    The prosecution says the attack was linked to a hostage-taking at the French embassy in the Dutch capital, The Hague, that had begun two days earlier, on September 13, 1974.

    The Japanese Red Army, a communist militant group that had close ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in which Ramírez was the head of “special operations”, was demanding that French authorities free one of its members who had been arrested at Paris Orly airport two months early.


    From the archive, 8 July 1975: Carlos the Jackal ‘in London’
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    The prosecution says Ramírez orchestrated the Hague hostage-taking and carried out the Paris grenade attack to force the French government to give in to the Japanese group’s demands.

    He achieved his aim – the Japanese suspect was released and was able to travel to Yemen with other members of the Hague hostage-taking team.

    The case against Ramírez is also based on witness testimony from his former brothers-in-arms, including Hans-Joachim Klein, a German to whom the Venezuelan is said to have admitted he wanted to “apply pressure to get the Japanese man freed”.

    Investigators have tracked the provenance of the grenade and say it came from the same batch as those used by the Hague hostage-takers and had been stolen from a US army base in 1972. One was also found at the Paris home of Ramírez’s mistress.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...r-1974-bombing

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Ramírez’s lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said the trial was a waste of time and money.

    “What exactly is the point of having a trial so long after the events?” she said.
    Not to mention the pointlessness of adding to two life sentences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Ramírez’s lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said the trial was a waste of time and money.

    “What exactly is the point of having a trial so long after the events?” she said.
    Not to mention the pointlessness of adding to two life sentences.
    Just incase he manages to Appeal the other sentences !

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    Throw him to the hyenas...

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    Missing, of course, is the true nature of who is and who isn't a terrorist.

    The Western officialdom need to gaze in the mirror as to define terrorism.

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    ^Do fuck off, Jeff. This scum either murdered or masterminded the murder of dozens of innocent people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Do fuck off, Jeff. This scum either murdered or masterminded the murder of dozens of innocent people.
    He's not very bright you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Do fuck off, Jeff. This scum either murdered or masterminded the murder of dozens of innocent people.
    As does the impeding Western empire chase.
    Historically.


    Wake the fuck up from your slumber.
    Heeding to any such dominant paradigm is not a healthy attachment.

    Living out the fantasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Do fuck off, Jeff. This scum either murdered or masterminded the murder of dozens of innocent people.
    As does the impeding Western empire chase.
    Historically.


    Wake the fuck up from your slumber.
    Heeding to any such dominant paradigm is not a healthy attachment.

    Living out the fantasy.
    Fuck off Jeff, you dribbling idiot.

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