PARIS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The gunman known as Carlos the Jackal was convicted Thursday of deadly bombings of French trains in 1982 and 1983 and given a life sentence.
Earlier in the day, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez addressed the judges of a special court in Paris for 5 hours, the Los Angeles Times reported. He denied the bombings, which killed 11 people and injured scores more.
"You are independent, and the decision you're about to take, you will be, each one of you, personally responsible for it," Ramirez Sanchez told the judges as he ended a rambling speech punctuated by raised-fist salutes and blown kisses.
The judges, who listened to six weeks of evidence, discussed the case in private before delivering their verdict just before midnight.
Ramirez Sanchez, 62, has been imprisoned in France since 1994 and is already serving a life term for killing two French intelligence officers and a Lebanese informant in 1975.
Ramirez Sanchez was born in Venezuela. His father, a Marxist lawyer, named him after Lenin, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine gave him the codename Carlos and a British newspaper added "Jackal" after the assassin in the Frederick Forsyth thriller "Day of the Jackal."