Survivors hail fresh conviction for Carlos the Jackal

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Survivors hail fresh conviction for Carlos the Jackal

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A French court’s decision to hand self-styled revolutionary Carlos the Jackal another life prison term for bomb attacks has been welcomed by survivors.

Carlos — real name Illich Ramirez Sanchez — was found guilty of carrying out four blasts in the early 1980s that killed 11 people. He always denied any involvement.

Alain Poupaux, who survived a bombing on Rue Marboeuf in Paris, said the conviction of the 62-year-old Venezuelan was “a huge relief”.

He said he thought he would never see this day and he wanted to turn the page on the whole affair.

Ramirez will serve at least 18 years in jail.

His lawyer and fiancée vowed to appeal the ruling and called on the Venezuelan government to intervene. “France has kidnapped one of its citizens and it can’t go on like this,” Isabelle Coutant-Peyre told reporters outside the courthouse.

Ramirez was picked up by French special forces in Sudan in 1994.

He is already serving one life sentence for killing two police officers and an informant in 1975 and had been expected to apply for conditional release next year.