Carlos the Jackal back on trial for 1974 Paris attack

Carlos the Jackal is back on trial for a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade that killed two and injured 34.

By: AP and World Israel News Staff

Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known as Carlos the Jackal, is back on trial for a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade.

A lower court convicted Carlos last year of the attack and handed him his third life sentence. He appealed, but lawyers said he hadn’t been able to see the case dossier and might ask for a delay in Monday’s opening proceedings.

Carlos has denied involvement in the attack on the Drugstore Publicis shopping center in the French capital’s Latin Quarter, which killed two people and injured 34.

The 68-year-old Carlos was once the world’s most wanted fugitive. He was convicted of perpetrating or organizing multiple attacks on behalf of the Palestinian cause or the Soviet Union in the 1970s and ’80s.

In 1973, Carlos conducted a failed assassination attempt on Joseph Sieff, a Jewish businessman and vice president of the British Zionist Federation.

Carlos also admitted responsibility for a failed bomb attack on Israel’s Bank Hapoalim branch in London and car bomb attacks on three French newspapers accused of pro-Israeli leanings.

He later participated in two failed rocket-propelled grenade attacks on El Al airplanes at Orly Airport near Paris in January 1975.