German authorities restrict jailed 1970s terrorist

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28 February 2007, Stuttgart, Germany (dpa) - German authorities abandoned Wednesday plans to ease jail conditions for Christian Klar, a convicted leader of the 1970s Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist movement, after he sent a rousing proclamation to a communist conference. Klar is one of the four RAF survivors still serving life terms for assassinations and bombings. One is to be released in March on parole and another may qualify for parole in August, but Klar must stay in jail till at least January 2009.

28 February 2007

Stuttgart, Germany (dpa) - German authorities abandoned Wednesday plans to ease jail conditions for Christian Klar, a convicted leader of the 1970s Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist movement, after he sent a rousing proclamation to a communist conference.

Klar is one of the four RAF survivors still serving life terms for assassinations and bombings. One is to be released in March on parole and another may qualify for parole in August, but Klar must stay in jail till at least January 2009.

Though polls show a majority of Germans opposed to early release, Klar has applied for clemency even earlier than that date. Justice officials had planned to begin preparing Klar soon for freedom with regular excursions outside prison under guard.

Ulrich Goll, justice minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg state where Klar is incarcerated, suspended Wednesday those plans because of Klar's defiant attitude.

It became widely known this week that a message from Klar condemning the "imperialist alliance" and "exploitation" was read out at a communist conference in Berlin on January 13. His call for a "defeat of capitalism" appeared in a far-left German newspaper, the Junge Welt, but was not noticed by mainstream media at the time.

The widow of a man murdered by the RAF appealed to Germany's President Horst Koehler to deny clemency because Klar was not sorry.

"This proclamation shows that nothing has happened in Klar's mind in all these years," said Waltrude Schleyer. The RAF killed her husband, Hanns Martin Schleyer, head of the West German employers' federation, in 1977. Klar has served 24 years so far of a life term.

Minister Goll said Klar's statement contradicted a criminologist's expert report suggesting that Klar had reformed. He called for a new report. Another terrorist, Brigitte Mohnhaupt, is to be freed March 27.

DPA

Subject: German news

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