In 1979, the Al Watan Al Arabi, an Arab language news magazine in France, published a long interview with a man it identified as Ramirez Sanchez in which he allegedly claimed he had personally thrown the grenade into the restaurant, described the full details of the operation and explained why it was carried out.
Carlos the Jackal, once the most sought-after criminal in the world, is to stand trial in Paris, accused of a 1974 grenade attack in the city. Three judges will preside over the trial for the Drugstore Publicis attack which was located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal - real name: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - better known as - is in a French court Monday, facing charges related to a deadly attack on a shopping center more than 40 years ago. Carlos was arrested in the Sudan capital of Khartoum in 1994 by the elite French police after years of being on the run.
Sanchez, who has spent the last 23 years in a high-security prison, is accused of throwing a grenade into the Drugstore Publicis in Paris on September 15, 1974, killing two men and wounding 34 people.
Georges Holleaux, a lawyer representing the victims, said the trial will give the families of victims a chance to see justice served.More news: Economic realities scupper Commonwealth Games in SA
The prosecution claims that the Paris shop attack was linked to a hostage-taking at the French embassy in The Hague.
Already in prison for a series of killings and attacks committed on behalf of the Palestinian cause, Ramirez Sanchez is back in court over allegations he killed two people in a Paris shopping area in 1974. The infamous world terrorist pleaded not guilty and his lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said the trial was a waste of time and money. "What exactly is the point of having a trial so long after the events?" she said, according to the BBC.
The Jackal was found guilty of a total of four bombings in Paris and Marseille in which 11 people were killed and up to 150 injured in the early 1980s. "Their wounds have never healed", he said.
The case against Carlos the Jackal is based on witness testimonies from his former brothers-in-arms in the terrorist group he was affiliated with. One was also found at the Paris home of Carlos' mistress.
Carlos the Jackal raises his fist in court in Paris, France, Nov. 28, 2000.