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'Carlos the Jackal' Sentenced to Life in Prison

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A French court has sentenced a Venezuelan militant to life in prison for a series of deadly bomb attacks in France nearly 30 years ago.

Late Thursday, a court in Paris convicted "Carlos the Jackal", on four separate bombings that killed eleven people and wounded nearly 150 others.

The judge said the 62-year-old, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, must serve at least 18 years of the life sentence.

Sanchez has been serving another life sentence in France for the past 20 years on an unrelated murder conviction.

Authorities say Sanchez masterminded the terrorist bombings on two trains, a train station and on a Paris street during 1982 and 1983.

Officials say two of the attacks were designed to persuade French authorities to free two of his associates and his girlfriend.

The court acquitted Sanchez's girlfriend. His two co-conspirators, who were not in court during the trial, were convicted and sentenced to life terms.

Article by VOA News