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Charges for Athens terror hit

BERLIN (AP) – A German associate of Carlos the Jackal already sentenced to life in prison for a 1983 bombing in then-West Berlin faces a new trial in connection with attacks that include one in Athens in 1983, a Berlin attorney said yesterday. Berlin prosecutors last year said they were charging Johannes Weinrich with six new counts of murder and 153 of attempted murder. A Berlin court has now admitted those charges, but set no trial date, said Stephan Maigne, who represents co-plaintiffs in the case. In 2000, a Berlin court convicted Weinrich of murder for an Aug. 25, 1983 attack on a French cultural center in the city that killed one man and injured 23. Weinrich once headed European operations for Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist known as Carlos. Weinrich is now accused of carrying out the Dec. 31, 1983 bombing of a train in Marseilles, France, in which three died, and organizing an attack on the Saudi ambassador in Athens that year. He is also charged with involvement in the 1981 bombing of Radio Free Europe’s Munich office, as well as a failed 1974 attack on an Israeli aircraft in Paris.