Isabelle Coutant-Peyre

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre
Born1952 (age 69–70)
Known forWife of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez
PartnerIlich Ramírez Sánchez

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre (born in 1952) is a French lawyer engaged to Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, the international terrorist better known as "Carlos" or "Carlos the Jackal".

She represented Zacarias Moussaoui early on during his imprisonment, while he was awaiting trial for his role in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

She was married to a civil servant and has three sons, Florent, Gabriel and Aurelien.[1]

She became a lawyer and worked with Jacques Vergès, defender of Djamila Bouhired and she supports her defence of "revolutionary fighters" with income from her activities as a business lawyer.[citation needed]

In her political cases, she employs "rupture" techniques. She was briefly jailed for likening French police to the Gestapo.[2]

Her fiancé Carlos is currently held in Clairvaux Prison, where he is part of the general inmate population, and their attempts to marry have been frustrated by legal issues. Conjugal visits can only be made after a civil marriage occurs; a Muslim ceremony performed in 2001 (when Carlos was married to his second wife and Isabelle was married to her first husband) has no legal force.[citation needed] She believes Carlos is innocent of all his alleged crimes in Paris.[3]

Her other clients include Stellio Capo Chichi,[4] Youssouf Fofana (murderer of Ilan Halimi),[5] Roger Garaudy,[6] Mohamed Benalel Merah (father of Mohammed Merah responsible for Toulouse and Montauban shootings),[7] Charles Sobhraj,[8] and the Islamic Republic of Iran against the film Argo.[9]


  • "Grand témoin : Isabelle Coutant-Peyre", in Hallier Edernellement vôtre, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Neva Editions, 2019, p. 173–188. ISBN 978-2-35055-273-6


  1. ^ "My love for Carlos the Jackal". The Age. Melbourne. 25 March 2004.
  2. ^ "Une avocate jugée pour outrage aux antiterroristes. Lors du procès Chalabi, le défenseur du chef islamiste dénonçait les méthodes "gestapistes" de la police". Libération (in French). 29 March 2000. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ Carlos the Jackal's Parisian trail of destruction. Published 8 November 2011
  4. ^ "Paris: un groupe antisémite arrêté". Le Figaro (in French). 7 October 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  5. ^ Cherfils, Mildrade (3 September 2009). "Isabelle Coutant Peyre: defender of last resort". GlobalPost. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  6. ^ Tordjman, Jeremy (15 June 2012). "Passé du PCF au négationnisme, Roger Garaudy est mort à l'âge de 98 ans". Agence France-Presse (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Father of Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah sues for murder". BBC News. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  8. ^ "UN comes to Charles Sobhraj's rescue". The Times of India. 11 March 2009. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Lawyer For Iran Mulling 'Argo' Suits in France, Switzerland, U.S.; Says Obama Oscar Appearance Seen As Government Strategy". Deadline London. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.

External links[edit]