Woman freed after 1986-87 bombing conviction

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17 April 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A woman who joined an underground leftist terrorist group in Germany from 1986 to 1987 and helped make bombs was convicted by a Berlin court Monday and given a suspended two-year jail term. The release of the unemployed photographer, 58, followed a plea bargain after she turned herself in. She had been a member of Rote Zora, a terrorist group which was inspired by the earlier Red Army Faction and which planted bombs in a campaign against business, the military and the governme

17 April 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A woman who joined an underground leftist terrorist group in Germany from 1986 to 1987 and helped make bombs was convicted by a Berlin court Monday and given a suspended two-year jail term.

The release of the unemployed photographer, 58, followed a plea bargain after she turned herself in.

She had been a member of Rote Zora, a terrorist group which was inspired by the earlier Red Army Faction and which planted bombs in a campaign against business, the military and the government.

The defendant bought timers for two of the bombs, but both failed to explode. One was left at a government genetic engineering laboratory in 1986 in Berlin and the other at a uniform-making factory near Frankfurt in 1987.

She was convicted of membership in a terrorist group and two counts of attempting to cause an explosion.

After an agreement between the prosecution and the defence, judges agreed to suspend the sentence because no one had been injured and 20 years had passed since the attacks.

Germany will this year be commemorating the "autumn of terrorism" 30 years ago in 1977, when murders and kidnappings by the Red Army Faction (RAF) reached their climax.

One of the RAF leaders, Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, was freed last month on parole after 24 years in jail after prosecutors said the RAF was history and there was no fear of it reviving. Others have applied to go free.

DPA

Subject: German news

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