Carlos the Jackal faces trial again in France

Carlos the Jackal faces trial again in France

One of the world's most wanted terror suspects, Ramirez was the head of special operations for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Two people were killed in the attack and another 34 were injured.

Self-styled professional revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - better known as Carlos the Jackal - faced judges on Monday to be tried for a grenade attack 43 years ago.

He was given the name Carlos the Jackal by the media, after a fictional terrorist in Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel, The Day of the Jackal, according the the DPA.

The case took so long to go to trial because it was first dismissed for lack of evidence before being reopened when Carlos was arrested and imprisoned in France.

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Carlos will be judged by three judges for the attack on the Drugstore Publicis, a busy shop once located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the heart of Paris. "The civil parties demand justice", said Georges Holleaux, lawyer for the widows of the two men killed in the attack and other civil parties to the case. Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Sanchez's lawyer and fiancé, maintained the trial is unnecessary. "Their wounds have never healed".

Carlos has pleaded innocent and denied involvement in the case.

"What exactly is the point of having a trial so long after the events?" she asked.

The 67-year-old convict cut a grizzled, thinner figure yesterday as he was led smiling into a courthouse in Paris, where he is serving a life sentence for other attacks.

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The self-professed "professional revolutionary" has since been found guilty of four bomb attacks in Paris and Marseille in 1982 and 1983, which killed 11 people and injured 150.

As Ramirez denies the charges, he also disowned a 1979 interview with Al-Watan Al-Arabi magazine in which he admitted that he had thrown the grenade into the shop.

The U.S. -made hand grenade used in the Publicis attack came from the same batch as three grenades used in The Hague attack and another grenade found in a Paris apartment used by Ramirez, they say.

During one interrogation, Carlos allegedly told investigators that "in 1974 it was obviously an attack". "Democracy has two principal enemies - totalitarianism, and terrorism", he said, suggesting that Carlos is among "those who threaten democracy by their actions".

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