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Carlos the Jackal: Trial for Even More Deaths in France Ordered

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Ilich Ramirez Sanches, aka Carlos the Jackal. (BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:58 AM

Notorious militant Carlos the Jackal, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was ordered to stand trial for a 1974 grenade attack in Paris, an appeals court decided.

Ramirez, 66, has been in jail since 1994 in connection with a series of attacks and murders in France, Agence France‑Presse reported. He is charged with premeditated murder in the grenade attack that killed two and injured 34.

A judge rejected Sanchez's appeal against being put on trial for the grenade attack, which happened at a pharmacy. He allegedly admitted in a 1979 interview to throwing the grenade but later contested the interview.

Ramirez was given life sentences, for the 1975 murder of a civilian and two policemen and for masterminding attacks on French passenger trains in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 and injured 150, AFP said.

The Venezuelan-born terrorist was transferred to France in 1994 after being arrested in Sudan.

He has been tied to Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi and taken credit for more than 80 murders, according to CNN.

Ramirez was born in 1949 to José Altagracia Ramírez Navas, a Marxist, millionaire lawyer and Elba Maria Sánchez, according to CNN. He was expelled from Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow and later converted to Islam.

During the 1970s, Ramirez moved freely through Switzerland under a "non-aggression pact" between Switzerland and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Reuters reported. He told a newspaper that the safety he felt was a factor in his plot to kidnap oil ministers at OPEC headquarters in 1975, inflaming a debate about whether Swiss authorities secretly agreed to turn a blind eye to PLO activity, Reuters said.

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Notorious militant Carlos the Jackal, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was ordered to stand trial for a 1974 grenade attack in Paris, an appeals court decided.
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