Carlos Banters With Judge; Lawyer Says Client Was Kidnaped
Carlos the Jackal bantered with an anti-terrorism judge who charged him in a bombing case Tuesday, while his lawyer alleged he was betrayed, drugged and bound in a kidnap operation that ended his two decades on the lam.
Carlos, born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was handed over to France on Monday by Sudan, his last refuge in a chaotic life on the run.
But the graying free-lance terrorist was unruffled in court Tuesday, jesting with France’s renowned judge of terrorism cases, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, who charged him in a 1982 Paris bombing that killed a pregnant woman and injured 63 other people.
Held in an isolation cell at La Sante prison in Paris, Carlos, 44, was “very calm, very relaxed” at the closed hearing in the judge’s chambers, and his morale was good, attorney Mourad Oussedik said.
Also defending Carlos is Jacques Verges, who has made a career of defending notorious clients, including Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie and Magdalena Kopp, a West German terrorist said to be wed to Carlos.