Dutch want RAF man jailed for police killing

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4 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has called on the German authorities to activate a dormant 20-year sentence on a former left-wing terrorist for the murder of a police officer in 1977.

4 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has called on the German authorities to activate a dormant 20-year sentence on a former left-wing terrorist for the murder of a police officer in 1977.

Following a report about the former terrorist in newspaper 'NRC Handelsblad', the Dutch Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it had sent the request to German justice officials two weeks ago. No response had been received by Thursday afternoon.

German Knut Folkerts was a member of the Marxist terrorist group Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) in the 1970s. He was freed in October 1995 after serving 18 years of a life sentence for involvement in the murder of German Attorney General Siegfried Buback and membership of the RAF.

He was extradited from the Netherlands to face these charges after being caught by Dutch police in 1977. He shot a police sergeant dead before officers overpowered him at a car rental agency in Utrecht.

He was sentenced to 20 years by a Dutch court but was extradited to Germany in the understanding he would never be released.

However, the widow of the Dutch policeman has complained that Folkerts has been seen in Utrecht since his release in Germany.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, German news

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