'Carlos the Jackal' awaiting verdict in Paris court


This courtroom sketch dated Tuesday, March 28, 2017, shows Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez known as "Carlos the Jackal" during his trial at a Paris courthouse, France. The man known as "Carlos the Jackal," once the world's most-wanted fugitive, has asked a French court to "take the only right decision" before the five judges went behind closed doors to rule whether he's guilty of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade. (Eliza Parmentier via AP)

This courtroom sketch dated Tuesday, March 28, 2017, shows Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez known as “Carlos the Jackal” during his trial at a Paris courthouse, France. The man known as “Carlos the Jackal,” once the world’s most-wanted fugitive, has asked a French court to “take the only right decision” before the five judges went behind closed doors to rule whether he’s guilty of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade. (Eliza Parmentier via AP)

 (The Associated Press)

The man known as “Carlos the Jackal,” once the world’s most-wanted fugitive, has asked a French court to “take the only right decision” before ruling on whether he’s guilty of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade.

The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is already serving two life sentences in France for murders and attacks he perpetrated or organized on behalf of the Palestinian cause or of communist revolution in the 1970s and ’80s.

As the trial wrapped up Tuesday, the 67-year-old denounced “an absurd trial” for a 42-year-old crime. His lawyers have pleaded for acquittal.

A verdict is expected later Tuesday. The prosecutor requested a third life sentence.

He is accused of throwing a grenade onto a shopping area in the Latin Quarter, killing two and injuring 34.



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