'Terror's advocate' Jacques Verges dies at 88 in France

August 16, 2013 13:40

PARIS - French lawyer Jacques Verges, nicknamed "Terror's Advocate" for a high-profile client list that included a former Gestapo chief and Marxist militant Carlos the Jackal, has died of a heart attack aged 88, his publisher said.

Widely regarded as one of France's most brilliant, if provocative, lawyers, Verges made a name for himself by accepting clients spurned by others as impossible to defend.The lawyer died on Thursday in the Parisian house where 18th century philosopher Voltaire once lived, according to his publisher Pierre-Guillaume de Roux.

He baffled his countrymen by agreeing to defend Klaus Barbie, a Nazi twice sentenced to death in absentia for war crimes. When Barbie fled France in 1944, Verges was marching to liberate Paris with de Gaulle's Free French forces.

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