The prosecution on Thursday called for life imprisonment for Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, said Carlos, 71.
The prosecution on Thursday demanded life imprisonment for Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, says Carlos, 71, retried in Paris for the murderous Drugstore Publicis attack in 1974, only to fix the length of his sentence.
The “Jackal” was sentenced in March 2017 to life imprisonment for the attack which left two dead and 34 injured, a sentence confirmed on appeal a year later. While maintaining the guilty verdict, the Court of Cassation ordered in November 2019 a new trial for Carlos, on the quantum of the sentence.
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The attack took place on September 15, 1974 in Paris, at 5:10 p.m. Rennes street. For the prosecution, this attack was intended to facilitate the release of a Japanese arrested in Orly, a member of the Japanese Red Army (ARJ) whose commando had also just demanded the release during a hostage-taking. at the French Embassy in The Hague. The ARJ was close to a branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) of which Carlos had become one of the armed groups in Europe.
The grenade thrown at the Drugstore was, according to this hypothesis, the means of pressure chosen by Carlos to accelerate the release of the Japanese revolutionary. At the hearing, several testimonies came to support this thesis, in particular that of a former comrade in arms, Hans Joachim Klein, who assures us that Carlos told him to have thrown a grenade. The “Jackal” himself claimed responsibility for this action in an interview published at the end of 1979 in the magazine El Watan Al Arabi. Interview that the person then claimed to have never given.
In the reasons for its decision, the Assize Court held against the accused the co-organization of the hostage-taking in The Hague. She also considered that the link between this hostage-taking and the attack on the Drugstore was established by the demand for this action, reported by the press, and by the use of a grenade from, like those abandoned by the perpetrators of the hostage-taking, of a stock stolen from an American base in Germany. The verdict was greeted with relief by the victims, as proof that there is “never impunity” for terrorist crimes. Carlos, imprisoned in France since his arrest in Sudan in 1994, had himself denounced a truncated investigation.