Photo: Carlos the Jackal
A French court has upheld the life sentence given to ‘Carlos the Jackal’ whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez for masterminding several bombings in France that killed 11 and wounded over 100 people. He was given the life sentence in 2011.
The 63-year-old Venezuelan was found guilty in 2011 for bombings on two trains, one train station and a Paris street. Prior to his arrest for these bombings in 1997 he was convicted for the 1975 killing of two French policemen and kidnapping of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna in the name of Palestinian freedom.
The Jackal has always identified himself as a freedom fighter or a revolutionary for hire and France has repeatedly labeled him their worse terrorist. Ramirez was arrested in 1994 and originally charged only with the killing of the French police officers. France then started a 13-year investigation seeking to connect the Jackal with the bombings – he has always maintained his innocence on the bombings that occurred in 1982 and 1983.
He sealed his notoriety as a international revolutionary with his trademark Che Guevara beret, leather jacket and dark glasses.