Friday, July 23, 2010

Carlos The Jackal a.k.a. Ilich Ramirez Sanchez

The hero for one is the terrorist for the other and who am I to deny Carlos the Jackal his place on The Beret Project?
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (born October 12, 1949) is a Venezuelan convicted in France. After several bungled bombings, he achieved notoriety for a 1975 raid on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, resulting in the deaths of three people. For many years he was among the most wanted international fugitives. He is now serving a life sentence in La Santé Prison in Paris for the murder of two French agents of the DST (counter-intelligence) and an alleged informant.
Ramírez Sánchez was given the nom de guerre Carlos, when he became a member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Carlos was called The Jackal by The Guardian when Frederick Forsyth's novel The Day of the Jackal was reportedly found among his belongings.
The new film 'Carlos' is now showing on the Wellington Film Festival.

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