'The Jackal' loses bid to sue writer Copyright 1998 Nando.net Copyright 1998 Reuters PARIS (January 21, 1998 6:55 p.m. EST http://www.nando.net) - A court on Wednesday denied a plea by guerrilla mastermind Carlos the Jackal for damages from a writer he accused of undermining his presumption of innocence in connection with a Paris bombing. Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, had asked the Paris civil law court for $89,500 in damages from French author and journalist Bernard Violet. Carlos's lawyer Frederic Pariente told the court during a Dec. 4 hearing that Violet, in his book "Carlos, International Terrorism's Secret Networks," assumed that Carlos was behind a 1974 bomb explosion which killed two people at the fashionable Drugstore St Germain in Paris. Lawyers for Violet, calling the suit "procedural terrorism," argued that Carlos had boasted of the bombing in a 1979 interview published in the daily al-Watan al-Arabi. Carlos has since denied giving the interview. The Paris court concluded that the book contained only factual information and ordered Carlos to pay legal costs. A Paris criminal court jailed Carlos for life last December for the 1975 murder of two unarmed French secret agents and their Lebanese informer. After blazing a trail of terror through Europe and the Middle East in the 1970s and 1980s, Carlos has been in custody in France since he was spirited into the country from Sudan by French secret agents in 1994.
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