OLJ / February 23, 2021 at 00:00
Anis Naccache during a demonstration calling for the release of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah (sentenced in France for his participation in the assassinations of two American and Israeli diplomats in 1982), in front of the French embassy in Beirut, on April 30, 2010 Anwar Amro / AFP archives
Anis Naccache, famous for his role in international terrorism in the 1970s, died yesterday in Damascus from coronavirus, Syrian news agency SANA reported, as quoted by AFP Presented by SANA as an “activist and political scientist”, this Lebanese figure was once considered the right hand of Carlos, a figure of international terrorism of the 1970s and 1980s, who is still serving a life sentence in France.
Naccache died “in Damascus hospital at age 70”, official Syrian agency reported, after being admitted to intensive care “His state of health deteriorated after being infected with the coronavirusPan-Arab news channel al-Mayadeen, where he was often received as a commentator, said his remains will be transferred to Beirut today Tuesday, where he will be buried.
The former leftist activist who joined the Palestinian movement Fateh in Lebanon as a teenager fought Israeli forces during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) With Carlos (Illich Ramirez Sanchez), he took part in 1975 in the hostage-taking of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) ministers in Vienna, planned by the founder of the Palestinian group “Black September” During this operation, the commando had killed three people before taking 70 people hostage, including 11 ministers.
Anis Naccache was sentenced in 1980 to life imprisonment after a failed assassination attempt near Paris of Chapour Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister of the Shah of Iran, political refugee in France, on the personal order of the Imam Khomeini, at the head of a commando Two French people, including a policeman, were killed in the attack Bakhtiar, appointed prime minister by the Shah of Iran in 1979, had ruled for just 39 days, before Ayatollah Khomeini came to power He had fled to France, where he led the Iranian Resistance Movement After surviving the first assassination attempt in 1980, he was stabbed at his home in Paris on August 6, 1991
Naccache, whose case was for ten years at the heart of a standoff between Paris and Tehran, was finally pardoned in 1990 by President François Mitterrand and deported to Iran
In recent years, he was regularly invited as a commentator on pro-Iranian television sets, like Hezbollah’s al-Manar channel, and al-Mayadeen On social networks, many supporters of the Shiite party have paid tribute to its commitment “alongside the resistance”
Known for his support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Naccache “played until the mid-1990s an important role in the coordination between the leadership of the Palestinian revolution and that of the Islamic revolution in Iran”, reminds SANA
In a statement, Hezbollah also paid tribute to “one of the most important thinkers and researchers in our region” and hailed his participation in “the fight against the Zionist enemy”, offering its condolences to the family of the deceased
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