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Jackal aide to be tried for 1983 Athens blast

A German terrorist serving a life sentence for organizing a bomb attack in Berlin 18 years ago has been charged with involvement in the car bomb attack, a few days earlier in Athens, against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Greece, the Berlin justice department said yesterday. Johannes Weinrich, 54, the right-hand man of international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez – known as Carlos the Jackal – will be tried for six murders and 153 attempted murders in France, Germany and Greece between 1975-1983, department spokesman Sascha Daue said. He said incriminating evidence against Weinrich has emerged from the former East German secret service files. Weinrich, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last January for an attack on the Maison de France cultural center in West Berlin that killed a nuclear disarmament demonstrator, is believed to have participated in the April 13, 1983 attack in Athens that injured several Saudi Arabian Embassy officials.