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article imageFrom prison, Carlos the Jackal wins suit against his therapist

By AFP     Jan 29, 2016 in Crime

Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most-wanted men for his involvement in international terror in the 1970s and 80s, has won a case against a renowned French psychiatrist for breach of medical confidentiality.

The 66-year-old Venezuelan national, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez and who is serving two life sentences in France for a series of attacks and murders, filed suit against Dr Michel Dubec who examined him in prison and later alluded to his "psychological emptiness" in remarks to the press.

Imprisoned in France since 1994, Carlos accused Dubec for having breached the rules of medical confidentiality.

At issue were Dubec's comments in an article published in March 2012 in French newspaper Le Figaro in which he spoke about the "psychological emptiness" of several criminals, among them Carlos -- who filed a complaint with the medical disciplinary board.

The board found in his favour, and decided to ban Dubec from practising medicine for a month.

The doctor, who has served as an expert witness in many high profile cases, including one highly-publicised case in which a woman killed eight of her own babies, had tried to overturn the ban in an appeal to the Council of State, France's highest judicial authority relating to public bodies.

But this week, the court rejected his appeal, ruling in favour of the prisoner.

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