'Carlos the Jackal' wants transfer to Paris prison

12th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 12, 2007 (AFP) - The convicted Venezuelan terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal who is serving a life sentence in an eastern French jail wants a transfer to a prison in central Paris, his lawyer said Wednesday.

PARIS, July 12, 2007 (AFP) - The convicted Venezuelan terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal who is serving a life sentence in an eastern French jail wants a transfer to a prison in central Paris, his lawyer said Wednesday.

In a letter to justice minister Rachida Dati, the lawyer, Francis Vuillemin, said Carlos's distance from Paris made if difficult for lawyers to prepare his defence in forthcoming trials.

"The decision to move Carlos to the edges of the French territory practically prevents Parisian lawyers who are in charge of his defence to work with him on cases which are opaque and voluminous," he said. This was "intolerable", he said.

In May, French officials said Carlos would have to stand trial for "complicity in killings and destruction of property using explosive substances" in relation to four bombings in France in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 and injured more than 100 people.

The Marxist-Leninist radical, who once boasted that his plots had killed more than 1,500 people, is serving a life sentence in Clairvaux, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) east of Paris, for the 1975 murder of two French policemen and an alleged police informer.


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