Venezuela communists clamor for return of Carlos the Jackal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 17, 2010 06:06

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's Communist Party urged the government on Monday to seek the repatriation of convicted terrorist "Carlos the Jackal," who is serving a life sentence in France for murder.

Party representative Pedro Eusse said President Hugo Chavez's administration should ask France to let Ramirez serve the remainder of his sentence in his homeland.

The Venezuelan-born prisoner, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is not getting adequate health care in France and authorities there are denying his right to communicate with lawyers, Eusse charged.

"They have violated his human rights, he's been incommunicado," he said at a news conference.

Eusse described Ramirez's health as "delicate" without giving any details.

There was no immediate comment from France's government about Eusse's charges or from officials in Chavez's administration on the Communist Party's petition.

Ramirez is serving a life sentence for the 1975 murders in Paris of two French investigators and Michel Moukharbal, a Lebanese man who was an informant for the French government.


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