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Carlos the Jackal repatriation bid

A lawyer representing the terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal has urged Venezuela to demand that France return him to his homeland.

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre said Venezuela should press for the repatriation of Illich Ramirez Sanchez on the grounds that he was illegally detained in Sudan in 1994 before he was convicted in 2011 for instigating four bombings in France in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people and injured more than 140 others.

Venezuelan-born Ramirez has previously been convicted for a triple murder in 1975 and is serving two life sentences.

Ms Coutant-Peyre told one of Venezuela's state-run radio stations that she hoped to meet government officials to discuss the matter.

Meanwhile in France Ramirez began an appeal against his life sentence for the bombings. The hearing began with him demanding a new lawyer.

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