WORLD : Hungary Sheltered Terrorist Carlos, Interior Minister Says


Carlos, the world’s most wanted terrorist, was given refuge by Hungary’s former Communist government at the end of the 1970s and early 1980s, Interior Minister Balazs Horvath said today.

Horvath told a morning television program that Carlos was sheltered in Hungary with the full knowledge of senior members of the government, possibly including the late Communist leader Janos Kadar.

“Carlos and his team stayed in Hungary with the permission of the Politburo at the end of the 1970s and the early 1980s,” said Horvath, who took office with Hungary’s first post-communist government last month.

Venezuelan-born, Carlos’ real name is or was Ilych Ramirez Sanchez. He joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the late 1960s and was credited with guerrilla operations stretching from Western Europe through the Middle East to Japan.


Fours years ago, the Israeli newspaper Davar said he was believed dead and buried in Libya.