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
The agents were investigating Ramirez's role in attacks on Israel's El
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
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