Photo: "Carlos the Jackal" Given Second Life Sentence in France, Now Demands He be Returned to Venezuela
Though he has been serving a life sentence in a French prison, Illich Ramirez Sanchez, most famously known as Carlos the Jackal, is demanding that he be sent back to his native Venezuela to serve his time there.
Carlos the Jackal, 62, who has now been given a possible second life sentence, has been in prison for more than 20 years for the 1975 raid on an OPEC meeting in Vienna. He and a six-person team took more than 60 hostages and demanded that Austrian authorities read a communiqué on Austrian radio and television networks every two hours, threatening that if they didn’t hostages would be killed. Austrian authorities agreed, but in the end, three hostages were killed.
Sunday, a French court sentenced him to another 18 years in prison for his part in the four bombings of two French trains, a train station, and a Paris street in the 1980s. In all, 11 people were killed and almost 200 wounded.
After the sentence, Ramirez Sanchez demanded that he be sent back to Venezuela, stating that if it had not been for politics in the justice system, he would have been sent back already.
Ramirez Sanchez told a Venezuelan radio program, “There is an agreement between President Chávez and (former French President) Jacques Chirac signed in January 1999, and confirmed by (current) President Sarkozy. According to the agreement, when the trial is over, I would return to Venezuela ... The only person who can oppose to this is the French Head of State.”
In the last few decades, Ramirez Sanchez has boasted about the number of missions he organized and was a part of, and in 2011 claimed he holds the record for the highest number of operations. He has also stated that he is responsible for the deaths of as many as 2,000 people, claiming that only 10 percent of them were what he’d consider “innocent,” though he never clarified what makes someone guilty in his eyes.