German Court Approves Parole For Red Army Faction Member

Monday, February 12th 2007, 6:14 am
By: News On 6

BERLIN (AP) _ A German court approved parole Monday for one of the last jailed members of the Red Army Faction.

Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, may be released in late March after serving 24 years of a life sentence for multiple murders, the Stuttgart state court ruled.

Mohnhaupt was convicted in 1985 of involvement in nine murders, including those of West German chief federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and of Hanns-Martin Schleyer, the head of the country's industry federation. She was given five life sentences on the murder charges and lesser counts.

The Stuttgart court last year rejected an earlier Mohnhaupt petition for freedom on the grounds that she must serve at least 24 years.

Mohnhaupt was considered part of the hard core of the Red Army Faction in its campaign against the West German establishment and NATO. The group officially disbanded in 1998.