Carlos the Jackal to face trial for 1974 attack
Paris — Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan who became a symbol of Cold War terrorism, is facing a new trial.
A French court has ordered Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, to stand trial over a 1974 grenade attack on Paris’ Left Bank that killed two people and injured more than 30. He is serving two life sentences for other deadly attacks in the 1970s and 1980s.
An association of victims’ families released the indictment Tuesday. The families have fought for years to see Ramirez tried for the 1974 attack.
Authorities have linked Ramirez to bombings, hijackings and other attacks. He joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was affiliated with extreme-left European terror groups. He was seized by French agents in 1994.