The trial began at the Palais de Justice in Paris on 12th December 1997. Carlos’ claim, that he had been arrested illegally, was ignored, and the prosecution proceeded to present incontrovertible evidence linking Carlos to the crimes committed. Halfway through the proceedings, Carlos dismissed his legal counsel, and took up his own defence, claiming his acts had been crimes of war, with himself a revolutionary.
On 23rd December 1997, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, sentencing him to life imprisonment. Carlos was returned to La Sante prison, where he remains incarcerated.