December 12, 2013
Carlos the Jackal on trial over French bombings
The 62-year-old guerrilla man stands before a special Parisian court on terrorism-linked charges. He is already serving a life sentence handed down for a triple murder in 1975. Carlos has consistently denied any participation in the attacks.
According to international news agencies, the Venezuelan national entered the court wearing a blue jacket, graying beard and wavy hair brushed back, Ramirez smiled as he entered and then identified himself to the court as "a professional revolutionary.”
A panel of anonymous magistrates will rule after the six-week trial as it centers on four attacks; two against French trains, another at a office of an Arabic-language newspaper in Paris and yet another at a cultural center in Berlin.
International media reported Ramirez variously raised a fist in defiance, weaved anti-Zionist rhetoric into his diatribes and smiled back to someone in the tightly controlled.
Prosecutors say the bombs that ripped through trains, stations and parked cars in 1982 and 1983 were Ramirez's riposte to the police seizure of two of his gang, including his lover. Ramirez's fingerprints, they say, were on a threatening letter sent to the interior minister to demand their release.
If found guilty, Ramirez could receive a maximum penalty of life in prison. He would have to serve at least 22 years.