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 1980s.
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.”
Since 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.”