Anis NaccachePlayed by Rodney El-Haddad
Born in 1948, Lebanese of Sunni origin, who converted to Shia’ism, Anis Naccache was the mysterious number two of the commando unit in Vienna in 1975. For 20 years, he succeeded in covering up his involvement under the nom de guerre “Khalid”. In fact, he was the trusted confident of Wadie Haddad, charged with keeping tabs on Carlos. According to another version, he was initially a PLO militant who infiltrated the PFLP to manipulate activities. In 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in Iran, Naccache put himself at the service of the regime, which he considered the best ally of the Palestinian cause.
In summer 1980, in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly, he tried to assassinate Chapur Bakhtiar, the former Prime Minister under the Shah of Iran. He got the wrong door and the attempt went awry. Two people were killed including the intended target’s neighbor, and three were injured, including a police officer that was left paralyzed. Naccache was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1982, before being pardoned by François Mitterrand in 1990 as part of a deal between Paris and Tehran. He then devoted himself to training militias in southern Lebanon, which became the spearhead of Hezbollah under the command of Imad Mugnieh. Still active today, Anis Naccache appears regularly on Lebanese TV as a consultant on international politics. He lives between Beirut and Tehran.