Germany paroles former Red Army Faction terrorist

Germany paroles former Red Army Faction terrorist

[JURIST] A German court announced the parole of former Red Army Faction [BBC backgrounder] member Eva Haule on Friday, saying that the court believed that Haule no longer viewed violence as an appropriate method of furthering political agendas and thus "no longer poses any danger to the public." Haule, initially sentenced in 1988 to 15 years in prison for her role in a failed 1984 bomb attack, was issued a life sentence in 1994 after new evidence proved her involvement in a 1985 bomb plot that killed three people.

In May, German President Horst Koehler denied a plea for clemency [JURIST report] from former Red Army Faction members Christian Klar and Birgit Hogefeld [Wikipedia profiles]. The Red Army Faction, a radical leftist group also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, is responsible for the death of 34 people before disbanding itself in 1998. In February, a German state court granted parole [JURIST report] to another former Baader-Meinhof member Brigitte Mohnhaupt [Wikipedia profile], after she had served 24 years in prison. AP has more.