Day Four of the Jackal

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PARIS: Highlights from Wednesday at the trial of "professional revolutionary" Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal:

Who testified? Nydia Tobon, author of "Carlos, Terrorist or Guerrilla?" and an old friend of Ilich's.

Was she ever more than a friend? Apparently so. Ilich turned on the charm as soon as she came to the stand, saying he was happy to see her "after all these years, in great shape and elegant."

So she was there to turn him in? That's what the prosecution hoped. But she let them down, claiming what she wrote in the book that Ilich had confessed the 1975 murder of two French agents to her was fiction.

Closest the prosecution got to fingering Carlos: Finding his prints on drinking glasses at the crime scene.

Quote of the Day: "You can't do a slapdash job of the trial of the man who is the world's main terrorist," said Ilich's new lawyer. He'd ditched his old attorneys on Friday.