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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 02:10 GMT
German court to quiz Jackal
Carlos the Jackal, alias Ilich Ramirez Sanchez
Carlos the Jackal is serving a life sentence in France
By Rob Broomby in Berlin

The man known as Carlos the Jackal - Illich Ramirez Sanchez - is to be cross-examined in France about an armed attack he led on a meeting of the oil-exporting organisation, Opec, in Vienna in 1975.

He was to have been flown from his French prison cell to Germany, to testify in the trial of two former members of his organisation charged in connection with the attack.

German ex-terrorist Hans-Joachim Klein on trial in Frankfurt
Mr Klein was identified 20 years after the event
But the French Justice Ministry has refused to allow him to go.

Instead, a delegation from the German court will go to France, where the questioning will be led by a French judge.

Carlos is currently serving a life sentence in France for other murders.

'Gaddafi connection'

Hans Jochan Klein and Rudolf Schindler are both charged on three counts of murder following the attack on the Opec oil conference in Vienna 1975.

The presiding judge in Frankfurt, Heinrich Gercherd, described as an "odd development" the French decision not to allow Carlos to be taken to Germany by helicopter to give his evidence, for security reasons.

Mr Klein, who was injured in the stomach during the attack, was not arrested until being identified more than 20 years later in a Normandy village bistro, where he had lived under an assumed identity.

He turned his back on the armed struggle in 1977 with a letter to the German media.

He has never denied his part in the Vienna attack but has always denied the specific murder charges.

Mr Klein has accused the Libyan Muammar Gaddafi of being behind the kidnapping.

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