Germans remember RAF victim 30 years ago

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10 April 2007, Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Germany marked the murder 30 years ago of Chief Prosecutor Siegfried Buback, whose assassination initiated a chain of events culminating in the hijacking of a Lufthansa jet by Palestinian terrorists and the suicide in jail of terrorist leader Andreas Baader. Buback's successor in office, Monika Harms, laid a wreath at a memorial in the city of Karlsruhe commemorating Buback, his chauffeur and a further companion, who died in a hail of bullets fired by a motorcycle

10 April 2007

Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Germany marked the murder 30 years ago of Chief Prosecutor Siegfried Buback, whose assassination initiated a chain of events culminating in the hijacking of a Lufthansa jet by Palestinian terrorists and the suicide in jail of terrorist leader Andreas Baader.

Buback's successor in office, Monika Harms, laid a wreath at a memorial in the city of Karlsruhe commemorating Buback, his chauffeur and a further companion, who died in a hail of bullets fired by a motorcycle pillion passenger.

The 1977 assassination was intended to press for the freeing of Baader and two other members of the Red Army Faction (RAF) and was carried out by its Commando Ulrike Meinhoff, in memory of Baader's chief accomplice who had committed suicide in jail the previous year.

One of those convicted for the murder, Christian Klar, remains in prison and has applied for a presidential pardon.

Brigitte Mohnhaupt, found guilty as an accomplice, was released last month at the age of 57 after serving 24 years for the Buback assassination and other murders committed the same year.

The precise circumstances of the murder remain unclear, Buback's son, Michael, continues to appeal to Klar and Mohnhaupt to reveal the identity of the gunman.

Buback's murder set in train a series of events still known as "the German autumn," during which nine people were murdered, including top banker Juergen Ponto and business leader Hanns-Martin Schleyer.

In October of that year, Palestinian terrorists, acting in concert with the RAF, hijacked a Lufthansa passenger jet to Mogadishu in Somalia in a further attempt to free Baader.

The successful storming of the aircraft by crack German police led Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe to commit suicide in their cell in the Stammheim prison built especially to house them.

DPA

Subject: German news

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