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The life and times of Jacques Verges

The life and times of Jacques Verges

1925 - Born in Thailand to a Fench father and a Vietnamese mother. Grew up on the

French island of La Reunion.

1940s - Earned a reputation as a war hero with Charles de Gaulle's Free French resistance

Word War

II. Studied law at the Sorbonne.

1949 - Assumed the presidency of the Association of Colonial Students where he met

Pol Pot and Khieu Samphan.

1950-53 - Lived in Prague as leader of one of Moscow's youth front organizations.

Met Stalin at this time.

Late 50s - Returned to France, left Communist Party and gained fame as a defense

lawyer for Algerian terrorists. Djamila Bouhired, implicated in an Algiers café

bombing. She was sentenced to death, but Verges gained her release then married her.

1960 - Jailed for two months and disbarred for openly supporting terrorists and their

French accomplices.

1969 - Defended Palestinian terrorist hijackers of El Al planes, claiming that their

acts were political, not criminal, and the fault of Israeli aggression.

1970-1978 - Disappeared; no reason ever given.

1987 - Defended ex-Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie who is sentenced to life in prison

in 1987.

1994 - Defended terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, who is sentenced

to life in prison in 1994.

1996 - Defended Roger Garaudy, who was convicted of Holocaust denial and fined in

1996.

2002 - Claimed he represented Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic

Saddam Hussein.

2004 - February 2004 Verges offered to defend Pol Pot's associate and Sorbonne classmate

Khieu Samphan in his coming trial for genocide before a UN-aided tribunal in Cambodia.

August 2006 - spent five days in Cambodia visiting his client Khieu Samphan and touring

the grounds of the ECCC.

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