Controversial French Lawyer Jacques Verges Dies at 88

Controversial French Lawyer Jacques Verges Dies at 88

A French lawyer, known as Devil's Advocate, died in Paris late Thursday. Jacques Verges earned his nickname for defending a number of high-profile clients despite being guilty of committing crimes.

The controversial French Lawyer died at 88 after he suffered a fatal heart attack. He died in the house at around 8 P. M. The house was the same where 18th century enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once lived.

Christian Charriere-Bournazel is the head of France's main bar association. He said to AFP that Verges suffered a lot of weight loss and mobility since a fall a few months ago. He said that his end seemed to be near, but nobody thought that it would come so soon.

Verges was born in Thailand in 1925. His father was from Reunion island and mother was Vietnamese. As a student, Verges was a communist, and he also supported the Algerian National Liberation Front in its fight for independence from France.

There was also a period that is considered as the dark side of his life, between 1970 and1978, when he left his wife and children and disappeared. "It's highly amusing that no one, in our modern police state, can figure out where I was for almost 10 years", he told German newsweekly Spiegel in a 2008 interview.

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