CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government is providing support to the Venezuelan convict known as Carlos the Jackal in a French prison, the country’s foreign minister said Wednesday.
Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a life sentence for the 1975 murders of two French secret agents and an alleged informer. He gained notoriety as the Cold War-era mastermind of deadly bombings, killings and hostage dramas.
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said on state television that Venezuelan authorities make “permanent contacts to support” the Venezuelan. He didn’t detail the assistance provided by Venezuelan officials.
Ramirez faces “very difficult circumstances in France,” Maduro said. He said Venezuelan officials will “continue providing that support from a human standpoint.”
President Hugo Chavez in 2009 praised Ramirez saying he was a “revolutionary fighter” and not a terrorist.
Venezuela’s Communist Party has urged the government to seek Ramirez’s repatriation. Asked about efforts by some Venezuelans to have Ramirez brought back to the country, Maduro said: “They’re delicate issues that must be dealt with, let’s say, carefully.”