Court upholds jail terms in disco terror bombing

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24 June 2004 , LEIPZIG - The German Federal Court in Leipzig on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling in a Libyan-linked terror bombing of a Berlin disco in 1986, rejecting a suit for a new trial. The court confirmed the November 2001 verdict handed down by a state court in Berlin in sentencing four persons to prison terms of 12 to 14 years. Prosecutors wanted the case tried again in a bid to gain life prison terms for the four. Lawyers for the four wanted a new trial to seek milder sentences. The four had

24 June 2004

LEIPZIG - The German Federal Court in Leipzig on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling in a Libyan-linked terror bombing of a Berlin disco in 1986, rejecting a suit for a new trial.

The court confirmed the November 2001 verdict handed down by a state court in Berlin in sentencing four persons to prison terms of 12 to 14 years.

Prosecutors wanted the case tried again in a bid to gain life prison terms for the four. Lawyers for the four wanted a new trial to seek milder sentences.

The four had been found guilty in the bombing of the La Belle discotheque in west Berlin on 5 April 1986 which killed three persons, including two US soldiers, and wounded more than 200. The disco was a favourite spot for American GIs.

In the November 2001 ruling, Verena Chanaa was found to be the chief guilty party, and found guilty on three counts of murder and 104 counts of attempted murder for her role in planting the bomb in the disco. Three men who helped her were ruled to be accomplices.

Intelligence services quickly established a link to the Libyan secret service. The US, in a decision taken by former president Ronald Reagan retaliated by carrying out air attacks against Tripoli and Benghazi on 15 April 1986.

DPA

Subject: German news

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