INFAMOUS terrorist Carlos the Jackal branded lawyers ‘scavengers’ yesterday when he went on trial accused of a grenade attack 43 years ago.
Once one of the world’s most wanted men, Carlos, 67, has spent the last 23 years in a French high security prison.
He is accused of killing two men and injuring 34 others at the Publicis Drugstore, in Paris on September 15, 1974.
At the time, Carlos was a 24-year-old member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He denies involvement, claiming the evidence is non-existent.
Asked for his name and profession, the greying Venezuelan called himself a ‘professional revolutionary’ whose only interest was ‘fighting war’ for those who were being oppressed around the world.
Pointing at the prosecution barristers he said: ‘The victims deserve all the respect, but the scavengers who make money on the back of the French people are not right.’
He was told by the special panel of judges in Paris to ‘try to summarise a bit, our attention spans are limited’.
Carlos, real name Ilich Ramirez Sánchez, was named after the killer in Frederick Forsyth’s 1971 novel The Day Of The Jackal which was turned into a film starring Edward Fox.
The terrorist was responsible for a series of atrocities across France in the 1970s and 1980s and was arrested by French intelligence in 1994. The trial is expected to last three weeks.