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Monday
Nov072011

‘Carlos the Jackal’ on Trial in Paris for 1980 Bombings

A photo taken in the 1970s shows Venezuelan terrorist "Carlos the Jackal," whose real name is Ilich Ramirez. AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- One of the world’s most wanted fugitives, accused of the fatal bombings in France during the 1980s, was on the stand again Monday in Paris.

Venezuelan Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 62, was on trial for the alleged connection with the bombings that left 11 dead and more than 100 injured.

Dubbed “Carlos the Jackal” by The Guardian in a reference to the assassin protagonist in Frederick Forsyth’s novel The Day of the Jackel, Ramirez has served a life sentence in France since 1997, when he was charged with the death of two French secret agents and an informant in 1975.

Ramirez identified himself in court Monday as “a professional revolutionary.”

He will appear before a seven-judge terrorism panel during the six-week trial.

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