June 23, 1999

French court confirms life sentence for Carlos the Jackal

                  PARIS (AP) -- France's highest court on Wednesday rejected a final appeal
                  by the man known as Carlos the Jackal, who is serving a life sentence for the
                  1975 murders of two French secret agents and an alleged informer.

                  Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was convicted in 1997
                  for the murder of intelligence agents Raymond Dous and Jean Donatini, and
                  of a Lebanese man, Michel Moukharbal, whom Ramirez suspected of being
                  an informer.

                  The agents were investigating Ramirez's role in attacks on Israel's El Al
                  airlines at Paris' Orly Airport.

                  The Venezuelan-born Ramirez gained international notoriety as the Cold
                  War-era mastermind of deadly bombings, assassinations and hostage

                  He carried out the 1975 seizure of OPEC oil ministers and is suspected of
                  involvement in the 1976 Palestinian hijacking of a French jetliner to Entebbe,
                  Uganda, that ended with an Israeli commando raid.

                  He was caught in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1994 and was reportedly given an
                  injection before French agents spirited him to Paris in a sack.

                  Ramirez is currently under investigation in four attacks in Paris in the 1970s.