Carlos the jackal wins case against doctor

Sunday January 31 2016

A picture taken at the Paris courthouse March 7, 2001 shows Venezuelan terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the jackal, arriving for his appeal against French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere. PHOTO | AFP

A picture taken at the Paris courthouse March 7, 2001 shows Venezuelan terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the jackal, arriving for his appeal against French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere. PHOTO | AFP 

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PARIS, Saturday

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

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

“Dr Michel Dubec breached the rules of Medical confidentiality,” Carlos, imprisoned in France in 1994, said in his suit papers. 

At issue was Dubec’s comments in a 2012 newspaper article 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 banned Dubec from practising for a month.

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