Virginia Lopez and Tom Phillips

November 6, 2011

He was the son of a millionaire lawyer who became one of the world’s most wanted men: a globe-trotting criminal mastermind and self-styled professional revolutionary said to have been responsible for bombings, hijackings and shootings across the world. They called him Carlos the Jackal.

Now, some three decades after he spread terror across the globe, the Jackal, whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, is set to face trial in Paris in a case that could decide whether he ever steps outside a prison again.

A resident of a Paris jail since his capture in Sudan in 1994, Ramírez is already serving a life sentence for the killings of two French policemen and a suspected informant in 1975.

The 62-year-old’s latest trial starts on Monday,and will examine his alleged involvement in four bombings in France which left 11 dead and dozens wounded during the early 1980s. It is likely to determine whether he will ever set foot in his native Venezuela again.

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