Carlos the Jackal gets third life sentence after conviction for 1974 Paris attack

PARIS, March 28 (Reuters) - A French court sent Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted criminals, back to jail for his third life sentence on Tuesday after convicting him of a grenade attack 42 years ago on a Paris shop that killed two people.

The Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is already serving two life sentences in France for deadly attacks in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 67-year-old Ramirez, in a final statement before the judges announced their verdict, denounced the trial as "absurd" and said he was being tried on phony evidence.

His lawyers had urged the special Paris court to acquit him but the court found him guilty and handed down the life sentenced requested by prosecutors.

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PARIS, FRANCE: (FILES) A file photo taken in the early 1970s shows Venezuelan Illich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos. Ten years after his 14-15 August 1994 arrest in Sudan by French agents, Carlos the Jackal -- the convicted Venezuelan terrorist immortalized in print and on screen -- says being in prison is part of a revolutionary's journey. Carlos made his name with a series of operations in the 1970s and 1980s, including the spectacular December 1975 kidnapping of oil ministers during an OPEC meeting in Vienna. The former Marxist-Leninist radical mastermind, now 54, once boasted that his plots had killed more than 1,500 people over those two decades. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
11th July 1975: International terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, infamously known throughout the World as 'Carlos The Jackal'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Enqu�eurs et journalistes ont investi la rue Marbeuf o� l'explosion d'une voiture pi�� stationn� devant l'immeuble du journal libanais 'Al Watan al Arabi' a provoqu�la mort d'une personne et fait 63 bless�, le 22 avril 1982, �Paris. Destroyed cars are seen in the Rue Marbeuf in Paris after a bomb attack in front of the building of the Lebanese journal 'Al Watan al Arabi', on 22 April 1982. The attack is ascribed to German terrorist Johannes Weinrich, the former right-hand man of 'Carlos the Jackal'. (Photo credit should read MICHEL CLEMENT/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on January 17, 1984 in Versailles shows French lawyer Jacques Verges and his client Colette Boulin, widow of Robert Boulin, arriving at judge Michel Maestroni 's office. Verges, the provocative French lawyer who earned the nickname 'Devil's advocate' by defending a series of high-profile criminals from Klaus Barbie to Carlos the Jackal, died in Paris on August 15, 2013, aged 88. Verges died of a heart attack in the house where 18th century enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once lived -- an appropriate setting for an iconoclast who devoted his life to defending unpopular causes, according to his publishing house. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP / GABRIEL DUVAL (Photo credit should read GABRIEL DUVAL/AFP/Getty Images)
KHARTOUM, SUDAN - AUGUST 20: 'Carlos the Jackal' with his girlfriend, in his house on August 20, 1994 in Khartoum, Sudan. (Photo by 3874/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
The flat of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez known as 'Carlos the Jackal' lives near Khartoum airport, Sudan, on August 20, 1994. Carlos is arrested in Sudan and is turned over to France to face charges in the 1975 killings of two counter-intelligence officiers and a 1982 Paris bombing. The French and U.S. intelligence agencies offered a number of deals to the Sudanese authorities, and finally Carlos was handed over to French agents of the DST by his own Sudanese bodyguards. / AFP PHOTO / MANOOCHER DEGHATI (Photo credit should read MANOOCHER DEGHATI/AFP/Getty Images)
The appartment complex where Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez known as 'Carlos the Jackal' lives near Khartoum airport, Sudan, on August 20, 1994. Carlos is arrested in Sudan and is turned over to France to face charges in the 1975 killings of two counter-intelligence officiers and a 1982 Paris bombing. The French and U.S. intelligence agencies offered a number of deals to the Sudanese authorities, and finally Carlos was handed over to French agents of the DST by his own Sudanese bodyguards. / AFP PHOTO / MANOOCHER DEGHATI (Photo credit should read MANOOCHER DEGHATI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: (FILES) This file picture dated 30 November 2004 shows Venezuelan Illich Ramirez Sanchez known as 'Carlos the Jackal' at a court house in Paris. The European Court of Human Rights said Thursday that France had failed to give the killer known as 'Carlos the Jackal' proper legal recourse against his solitary confinement of more than eight years. The court ordered the French authorities to pay Carlos 5,000 euros (6,500 dollars) for his legal costs, agreeing that he had not been allowed to contest his solitary confinement before French justice, violating a clause in the European Convention on Human Rights, to which France adheres. AFP PHOTO THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
FRANKFURT/MAIN, GERMANY: (FILES) Photograph dated 15 February 2002 showing former accomplice of the terrorist mastermind 'Carlos the Jackal', Hans-Joachim Klein during his trial in Frankfurt. Klein has been pardoned from a nine-year prison sentence and released, acording to German state justice officials 22 December 2003. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOCHEN LUEBKE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) - A file picture taken on March 7, 2001 at the Paris courthouse, shows Venezuelan terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos (C), arriving for his appeal against French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere. Carlos aka the Jackal, will on November 7, 2011 be tried for 'complicity in killings and destruction of property using explosive substances' for bombings in France in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 and injured more than 100 people. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 17: Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, lawyer engaged to be married to her client, jailed terrorist Carlos the Jackal, on November 17, 2001, in Paris, France. (Photo by Anne NOSTEN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Supporters of Venezuelan Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, alias 'Carlos the Jackal', march to the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, to demand his repratation, on November 7, 2011. Venezuelan militant cell leader Carlos the Jackal went on trial Monday in Paris accused of killing 11 people in four bombings in 1980s France. The 62-year-old has made no secret of his past as the leader of a gang that carried out attacks on behalf of Warsaw Pact intelligence agencies and far-left or pro-Palestinian causes, but denies the latest French charges. Six weeks of hearings are scheduled, in a trial that is due to end on December 16. Three more suspected members of Carlos's gang -- 'Ali' Kamal al-Issawi, Christa-Margot Froehlich and Johannes Weinrich -- are on trial in absentia. AFP PHOTO / Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Venezuelan Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, alias 'Carlos the Jackal', serving a life sentence in France for terrorism, protest in front of the French embassy in Caracas on August 22, 2013 demanding his immediate release. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Defendant Sonja Suder gestures at a courtroom of the regional court in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on November 12, 2013. The 80-year-old German former far-left radical was acquitted of having helped terrorist Carlos the Jackal launch the audacious and deadly 1975 attack on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna. Sonja Suder, a former member of the Revolutionary Cells group, was however found guilty of having aided and abetted three non-deadly arson attacks in Germany in the late 1970s. AFP PHOTO / DPA / ARNE DEDERT / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Isabelle Coutant-Peyre (C), French lawyer and wife of Venezuelan Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos, and Swiss lawyer Marcel Bosonnet (L) arrive on March 13, 2017 at the Palais de Justice in Paris, before the start of the Carlos' trial for the deadly bombing of a Paris shop more than 40 years ago. With attention in France now focused on the ever-present threat of a jihadist attack, the trial in Paris will reach back to a time when Europe was repeatedly targeted by ruthless groups sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Carlos, 67, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, describes himself as a 'professional revolutionary' and was dubbed 'Carlos the Jackal' by the press when he was one of the world's most wanted terror suspects. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ramirez was charged with murder over the Sept. 15, 1974 grenade attack on the Publicis drugstore in central Paris, which also injured 34 people. He denied involvement in the attack.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Marxist militant and self-dubbed "elite gunman" became a symbol of Cold War anti-imperialism and public enemy number one for Western governments.

He sealed his notoriety in 1975 with the hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna in the name of the Palestinian struggle, and went on to become an international gun-for-hire with Soviet bloc protectors.

At the start of his trial two weeks ago, Ramirez described himself as a "professional revolutionary."

The two life sentences he is already serving in France are for the murder of two French police officers and an informant in June 1975 and for a series of attacks on trains, a train station and a Paris street in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people and wounded about 150 more.

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