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Carlos the Jackal Goes on Hunger Strike

Protests treatment in notorious maximum security prison
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2011 5:22 PM CDT
Carlos the Jackal Goes on Hunger Strike in French Prison
Paris, FRANCE: (FILES) - A file photo taken 07 March 2001 in Paris shows Venezuelan convicted terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, alias Carlos the Jackal.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Carlos the Jackal has been on a hunger strike for a week to protest his treatment inside a French prison, and his health is worsening, reports the Daily Mail. A lawyer for the 62-year-old Venezuelan terrorist wrote in a letter that Carlos refuses to eat due to "the deliberate violation of my client's rights by the prison administration." Carlos was recently transported to solitary confinement after using a prison phone to communicate with journalists.

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Carlos—actual name Ilich Ramirez Sanchez—is serving a life term for murder in one of France's most infamous maximum security prisons, La Sante, in Paris. He is also awaiting a trial in November over a slew of bomb attacks in Paris that killed 11 people and injured hundreds in the early 1980s. (Read more Carlos the Jackal stories.)

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