Renault chief's killer released after brain tumour

16th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

BAPAUME, France, June 16 (AFP) - A former member of French urban guerrilla group Action Directe which was behind a series of high-profile assassinations and terror attacks was freed from jail on Wednesday for health reasons.

BAPAUME, France, June 16 (AFP) - A former member of French urban guerrilla group Action Directe which was behind a series of high-profile assassinations and terror attacks was freed from jail on Wednesday for health reasons.

Joelle Aubron, who has been in jail since 1987 notably over the murder of the former head of the French car giant Renault, was granted a conditional release after undergoing an operation for a brain tumour.

Aubron, 44, who hails from a bourgois French family, left prison in the northeastern French town of Bapaume and was due to return to her family home for rest and treatment, her lawyer said.

Action Directe was founded in the late 1970s as an anti-capitalist Marxist-Leninist group and during the height of its activities targeted business and military leaders.

Aubron was arrested in 1987 and sentenced two years later to life in prison along with three other top members of Action Directe for the murders of Renault boss Georges Besse and top defence ministry official General Rene Audran.

The group has been blamed for a string of about 80 terror attacks in France between 1979 and 1987, when it was dismantled following the arrest of its top leaders.

© AFP

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