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Baader-Meinhof killer to be freed after 24 years in jail

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Baader-Meinhof killer to be freed after 24 years in jail


Former Red Army Faction or Baader-Meinhof Gang member Brigitte Mohnhaupt is to be released from prison after 24 years for her role in a spate of killings, which rocked the former West Germany in the 1970s.

The decision has been condemned by relatives, in part, because she has voiced no remorse for her actions.

A spokesperson for the Stuttgart court made the announcement.

“This is not a pardon, rather a decision that is based on specific legal considerations. The decision for probation was reached based on the
determination that no security risk exists.”

Mohnhaupt was arrested in 1982 and sentenced to five life sentences for her part in the murder of – among others – federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback on 7th April, 1977.

As Buback’s Mercedes stopped at a traffic light a motorbike pulled alongside – the assassin opened fire killing Buback and two others.

She was also involved in the killing of industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer.

Schleyer was dragged from his car by masked assailants, held hostage for a month then executed in a forest in France.

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