French victims appeal acquittal of Jackal aide

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Aug 25 (AFP) - A lawyer for the victims of a series of bomb attacks in France in the early 1980s lodged an appeal Wednesday against the acquittal of the former right-hand man of the terrorist mastermind Carlos the Jackal.

BERLIN, Aug 25 (AFP) - A lawyer for the victims of a series of bomb attacks in France in the early 1980s lodged an appeal Wednesday against the acquittal of the former right-hand man of the terrorist mastermind Carlos the Jackal.

The lawyer, Stephen Maigne, is acting on behalf of 13 people who were hurt in the attacks in the cities of Paris, Marseille and Tain l'Hermitage, in south-east France, in 1982 and 1983.

Maigne has said that justice officials in Berlin had stopped the court trying Johannes Weinrich from hearing testimony of "utmost importance" from Carlos, the mysterious Venezuelan whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.

The judge in Weinrich's trial said insufficient evidence had been submitted on which to find the accused guilty of the attacks, which killed six people.

A verdict had been postponed to hear testimony from Carlos via video link but the former terror mastermind, who is serving a life term in French solitary confinement after being convicted of a triple murder in Paris in 1975, refused.

Carlos, believed to have been the inspiration for Frederick Forsyth's best-selling novel "The Day of the Jackal" filmed in 1973, is allowed jail visits only from his lawyers and a French priest.

© AFP

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