Christian Malard a correspondent from France 3 talks to Al Jazeera about Venezuelan 'Carlos the Jackal' real name Illich Ramirez Sanchez, already convicted of a triple murder, charged over four deadly attacks in 1982-1983.
Respect "Carlos the Jackal": Venezuela's Chavez
(Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez urged respect for the legal rights of "Carlos the Jackal" during his trial in France and saluted him as a "worthy" fighter for revolutionary causes.
Born in Venezuela to a communist father, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 62, went on trial this week for deadly Paris bombings he is accused of carrying out at the height of his "anti-imperialist" activity in the 1970s and 1980s.
The socialist Chavez has run into controversy in the past by praising a man regarded as a terrorist killer by Western governments, though imbued with revolutionary allure for a small coterie of admirers.
"Back then he was a worthy promoter of the greatest struggles that came out of here for the causes and justice of the (world's) peoples," Chavez said, referring to Ramirez's departure from Venezuela to support Palestinian militants.
"I say this to the whole world without any anxiety," Chavez added in comments carried by state media on Tuesday.
Ramirez faces a second life sentence in prison if convicted for four bomb attacks in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people and wounded nearly 200. He was sentenced to life in 1997 by a French court for killing two police officers and an informant. ...