Legendary Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 62, better known
by his nickname “Carlos the Jackal,” has denied allegations that he
sexually harassed women while working with the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine in the 1970s, though he has acknowledged that a
financial settlement was reached with two of them.
Sanchez, whose attack on OPEC headquarters in Vienna in 1975 took the
lives of three people, is thought to have taken part in other attacks on
western targets in the late 70s and was convicted for the brutal murder
of two French secret agents and an informant in the early 1980s.
Sanchez was captured in the Sudan in 1994 and flown to France, where
since 1997 he has been serving a life sentence. More recently he has
returned to court to face charges of terrorist attacks in France in the
The charges of sexual harassment first surfaced in 1976, when two PFLP
informants, both women, told Israeli Mossad agents that Carlos enjoyed
grabbing women at random around the thigh and buttocks region and then
whispering suggestive language into their ears such as “My little
comrade wants to help liberate your valley of delight” and “When you’re
around, I can feel the rise of the proletariat…in my pants.”
The Venezuelan reportedly paid each woman $10,000 in order to avoid a problem with the PFLP leadership.
Jean-Louis Le Croix, who represents Sanchez’s legal team, claims that
his client is innocent and that the accused are clearly “agents of the
Israeli, American and French governments” attempting to further slander
Sanchez and his cause.
“If there’s anything the Zionists and capitalists can’t stand,” said Le
Croix, “it’s an uppity Latino who won’t stay on the ranch.”
these accusations were made public reports of other incidents have
emerged, some dating as far back as when Sanchez was studying in the
Soviet Union in the 1960s. While attending Patrice Lumumba University in
Moscow (Now People’s Friendship University) his fellow students
nicknamed him “Carlos the Octopus.”