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‘Carlos the Jackal’ life sentence upheld

A French appeals court has upheld the life sentence of Carlos the Jackal, the Marxist militant once one of the world’s most wanted criminals.

The 63-year-old Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, had appealed his conviction for masterminding four bomb attacks that killed 11 people in the seventies in France.

But judges at the appeals court in Paris dismissed his appeal.

Ramirez has already served almost 20 years for killing two French police officers and an informant. He was further convicted of the four bomb attacks in 2011 but denies any involvement.

He is probably best known for taking OPEC leaders hostage in an attack in Vienna in 1975.

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