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The World

March 09, 1987

The lawyer for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah said he has asked the French justice minister to overturn the terrorist's life sentence and annul the verdict of a Paris court after Abdallah's lawyer in an earlier case admitted to spying on his client for a French counterintelligence agency. Jacques Verges, who defended Abdallah in the Paris trial, said this was the first time in French history that "the state sends to an accused a secret service agent disguised as a lawyer to betray the defense." Abdallah, a leader of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction, recently was convicted of complicity in the 1982 murders of a U.S. attache and an Israeli diplomat and in the attempted murder of another American official.

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