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
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
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
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
2002 - Claimed he represented Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic
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.