France appeals acquittal of German in Carlos trial

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French prosecutors said Tuesday they had appealed the acquittal of a German woman accused with notorious Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal of a deadly 1982 Paris car bombing.

Christa Froehlich, 69, who lives in the German city of Hanover, had been tried in absentia for alleged involvement in the attack which killed one and injured 66. The prosecution had asked for a 15-year sentence.

She will now be retried along with Carlos, or Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who has appealed his life sentence handed down by a Paris court last Thursday.

Froehlich was represented by a French lawyer, who pleaded for her acquittal, at the Paris trial from November 7 to December 15.

Froehlich fled to Germany after her release on probation in 2000 and is suspected of renting an Opel Kadett car that exploded in a Paris street near the Champs Elysees on April 22, 1982, sparking panic in the capital.

Carlos, 62, had asked the court for leniency for his former comrade.

He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 18 years before parole, for four deadly attacks in France in the 1980s.

Carlos has boasted in newspaper interviews of carrying out more than 100 attacks as the leader of a militant gang that operated in Europe on behalf of Warsaw Pact intelligence agencies and militant Palestinian groups.

He was arrested in Sudan in 1994 and transferred to France, where he has since been held in various jails. In 1997 he was convicted of the 1975 murder of a civilian and two policemen, and jailed for life.

© 2011 AFP

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