Monday, February 12, 2007

BBC: "Meinhof gang killer to be freed"

I recently noted that Baader-Meinhof terrorist Brigitte Mohnhaupt was eligible for parole, which was shocking enough, and now it appears that 5 life sentences will only keep a terrorist in jail for 24 years:
A former member of the Baader-Meinhof gang is to be freed on probation after serving 24 years for her involvement in kidnappings and murders in the 1970s.

A German court ruled that Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, qualifies for early release after serving a minimum proportion of her five life sentences.

The group, also known as the Red Army Faction, were behind kidnaps and killings in West Germany.

The prospect of Mohnhaupt's release has sparked a fierce debate in Germany.

Mohnhaupt was convicted of involvement in nine murders. Victims included a judge, a banker and the employers' federation president.[...]
Follow the link to the article "Who were the Baader-Meinhof gang?" and note the vague reference to "Arab sympathisers" who tried to secure the release of Baader and others by hijacking a plane. They were members of the PFLP, one of the groups which make up the PLO. (Hat Tip: Captain's Quarters)

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