Carlos The Jackal: Terrorist 'Revolutionary' Sentenced To Life In Prison For 1980s Bombings
Carlos the Jackal, a mercenary and terrorist currently serving life in a French prison for murder, has been given another life sentence after being found guilty of organising four terrorist attacks during the 1980s.
The Jackal, also known as Ilich Ramirez Sanchez and Carlos Martínez, was found to have committed the bombings that killed 11 people and injured 140 in 1982 and 1983.
Five people died in March 1982 when a train was bombed while travelling between Paris and Toulouse.
A car bombing in Paris a month later injured 60 people near to an anti-Syrian El Watan al Arabi newspaper's offices, and two people were killed on New Year's Eve in 1983 when a bomb was detonated at Marseilles train station.
Three people were killed in the final attack, which again hit a train between Paris and Toulouse.
The Jackal, now 62, is already in prison for a the murders of two French secret agents and a Lebanese informer that he committed in 1975.
In interviews given before the trial he claimed to have killed more than 2,000 people.
Sanchez gave a lengthy and rambling five-hour closing testimony at the end of the six-week trial, in which he described himself as a "professional revolutionary". He also paid tribute to Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed earlier this year, and praised the "great man" Osama Bin Laden.
"I am a living archive," he reportedly said at the trial, reading from a notebook according to the Guardian. "Most of the people of my level are dead ... I am talkative. Revolutionaries tend to be."
He was found guilty and told that it would be at least 18 years before he was eligible for parole.
Three suspected accomplices in the bombings were tried in absentia at the trial. Palestinian Kamal Al-Issawi and Johannes Weinrich, who is German, were jailed for life. Christa Margot Frohlich was found not guilty.
The Jackal is suspected of committing several other attacks, and is wanted in the UK on suspicion of shooting and wounding Edward Sieff, president of Marks and Spencer. He was also linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, and various other bombings committed in the name of pro-Palestinian and Marxist revolutionary organisations.
Sanchez was named 'Carlos The Jackal' by the Guardian newspaper when a copy of Frederick Forsyth's The Day Of The Jackal was found among his belongings. He was arrested in 1994 by French special forces in Sudan.