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    Carlos the Jackal appeals sentence

    Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, seen in a 2004 photo.
    Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, seen in a 2004 photo.

    PARIS — Carlos the Jackal, the flamboyant terrorist and self-proclaimed revolutionary who was once one of the Cold War’s most wanted men, appeared in a French court Monday to appeal his life sentence for orchestrating bombings in France two decades ago.

    Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving two life sentences for a triple murder in 1975 and for the bombings in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people and injured more than 140.

    He has been jailed since 1994 after French agents whisked him out of Sudan in a sack.


    Monday’s hearing on the appeal began with Ramirez demanding a new lawyer.

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    His alleged ties to attacks by far-left and Palestinian terror groups made him feared among governments but also brought him admirers.

    Ramirez threatened a campaign of terror against France in 1982 unless the government freed Magdalena Kopp, the West German left-wing radical who later became his first wife. That year, bombs exploded on two French express trains, at a train station, and in central Paris.

    Ramirez divorced Kopp and later was ‘‘married’’ in an unofficial ceremony to his French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.

    The world first caught sight of Ramirez in the 1975 hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers, when as a young man he stood on a runway wearing sunglasses, a black Che Guevara beret, and a Pierre Cardin jacket, according to one of his biographies.

    Associated Press