Carlos the Jackal on trial for 1974 Paris attack – EUROPE – [hurriyetdailynews] – Carlos, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, was dubbed “Carlos the Jackal” by the press when he was giving international security services the slip while on the run.
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 French police, the man who describes himself as a “professional revolutionary” is already serving a life sentence for the murders of two policemen in the French capital in 1975 as well as 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 a total of 11 people and injured nearly 150.
Over the next three weeks he will be tried over yet another deadly attack, this time on Drugstore Publicis, a busy shop once located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the heart of Paris’s Left Bank.
In the late afternoon of Sept. 15, 1974, a grenade was lobbed into the entrance of the store, killing two men and leaving 34 people injured.
Carlos, who is charged with murders of a terrorist nature, denies any involvement.