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Second life bid for 'Jackal aide'
Johannes Weinrich
Johannes Weinrich is said to have carried out the Jackal's dirty work
A German prosecutor has called for a second life sentence to be given to the man believed to be the right-hand-man of Carlos the Jackal.

German-born Johannes Weinrich, 56, is on trial for six murders and 22 charges of attempted murder in a series of bomb attacks in the 1980s.

Weinrich is already serving life in Germany for the 1983 bombing of a French cultural centre in Berlin.

The trial is expected to last at least three more weeks.

'The more the better'

The prosecution says Weinrich was a top member of a gang led by Illich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as Carlos, who is serving a life sentence in France for a series of attacks in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s.

We have a precedent here of cases like the recent one in Madrid,
Detlev Mehlis
prosecutor
Chief prosecutor Detlev Mehlis said Weinrich was responsible for three deadly bomb attacks in France which left six dead.

"We have a precedent here of cases like the recent one in Madrid," he said.

One of the attacks Weinrich is said to have been behind was a car bomb explosion in the centre of Paris in April 1982, killing a pregnant woman.

"He wanted a lot of deaths, the more the better," said Mr Mehlis.

He is also accused of a double-bomb blast on French rail services on 31 December 1983.

The first blast occurred on a high-speed train from the southern port of Marseille to Paris in which three people were killed and 19 injured.

Extradition

The second, just 20 minutes later, was at Marseille's Saint-Charles train station, and killed two people and injured 34.

Weinrich has not given evidence in the trial.

While Carlos the Jackal is believed to have done the planning, Weinrich is accused of doing the dirty work.

The two men closely identified with the Palestinian cause and were supported by the secret services of the former communist eastern bloc.

Weinrich went on the run and found sanctuary in the former East Germany before he was traced to Yemen and extradited in 1995.

He was jailed in 2000 for his part in the bombing of a French cultural centre in Berlin in 1983 which left one dead and 23 injured.


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