Lawyer for "Carlos" will travel to Venezuela to seek support

Paris, May 6 (EFE).- The lawyer representing the Venezuelan terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal" said Monday she planned to travel to Venezuela this week to ask President Nicolas Maduro and other high-level officials to help in the defense of her client.

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre said she planned to head to the South American country on Wednesday to seek assistance for the legal defense of Illich Ramirez Sanchez.

"The inaction and lies of the embassy of the government of Venezuela in Paris force me to make this trip, paid for by the family, with the goal of meeting with Venezuelan officials," Coutant-Peyre, who married Carlos in 2001, said in a statement sent to Efe.

An appeals court in Paris is scheduled to take up Carlos's convictions for killings committed in France in 1982 and 1983 on May 13.

The terrorist mastermind was convicted of the killings in December 2011 and sentenced to life in prison.

"I plan to be received ... during this very brief stay to guarantee with dignity the right to a defense of a Venezuelan, a communist, who has dedicated his life to the revolution and to the struggle for the liberation of the Palestinian people," Coutant-Peyre said.

Maduro said in an interview published by Le Monde last Friday that Venezuela would continue to support Carlos, who has been sentenced to life in prison in France twice.

The 63-year-old Carlos was convicted for the first time in December 1997 of the 1975 murders of two police officers and their Lebanese informant in Paris.

French authorities also linked Carlos to three incidents in 1982-1983, including an attack on a Paris-Toulouse train in which five people died and 77 others were wounded, another in the French capital that killed one person and wounded 11 others, and a third on the train station in Marseille that killed two people and wounded 40 others.

"This is a policy that applies to all states: defending their countrymen all over the world. 'Carlos' is a countryman. He has the full support of the Venezuelan state to guarantee his defense," Maduro told Le Monde.

Coutant-Peyre said that if she was not received by Maduro or Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, she would "raise hell" and publicize the fact in a press conference.

The previous administration in Venezuela was committed to supporting Carlos, the attorney said.

Carlos, who was dubbed "the Jackal" by reporters after the fictional terrorist in Frederick Forsyth's "The Day of the Jackal," was grabbed by French secret service agents in August 1994 in Khartoum and spirited him away to Paris aboard a private plane.