Jailed extremist allowed to take up job as gardener

10th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 10, 2007 (AFP) - A French extremist serving a double life sentence for murder in a series of attacks in the 1980s was on Friday granted partial leave from prison to hold a day job as a gardener, a lawyer said.

PARIS, May 10, 2007 (AFP) - A French extremist serving a double life sentence for murder in a series of attacks in the 1980s was on Friday granted partial leave from prison to hold a day job as a gardener, a lawyer said.

Nathalie Menigon, 50, a member of the extreme-left militant Action Directe group, was jailed in 1987 for the murder of the head of French car giant Renault in 1986 and five other attacks in the 1980s.

After five attempts to win leave from prison, a Paris sentencing court agreed to grant permission for Menigon to work as a gardener by day and return to prison at night.

The court granted the request after noting that there had been "positive developments" in her behaviour and that Menigon had "undertaken reflection over her past commitments," said lawyer Jean-Louis Chalanset.

"Armed struggle no longer appears to be part of her political stance," he said.

Menigon, held in a prison in the northern Pas de Calais region, will be transfered to a women's detention centre in southeastern Toulouse and enjoy partial leave for a period of one year.

She is partially hemiplegic as a result of two cerebral vascular accidents while in prison.


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