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Former Red Army Faction member Becker indicted

AFP · 8 Apr 2010, 19:22

Published: 08 Apr 2010 19:22 GMT+02:00

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The 57-year-old Becker was arrested in August in connection with the killing of chief federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and two others on April 7, 1977, during the bloody era which became known as the "German Autumn."

"She has been charged with complicity in the murder of federal prosecutor Buback and his companions Goebel and Wurster," said Frank Wallenta, a spokesman.

The case has now been passed to the regional court in the western city of Stuttgart, Wallenta added. He declined to give further details of the charges against her.

Becker was released in December as the federal court of justice saw no reason to keep her detained, although she remained a suspect. At the time of her arrest, prosecutors said there was "no suspicion that the accused fired the deadly shots" but she was however suspected of "an active role in preparing and carrying out" the attack.

After more than three decades, her case was reopened in April 2008 when investigators used the latest forensic technology to examine a letter that had claimed responsibility for the murders.

Becker's DNA was found on the letters, leading investigators to raid her house, where they secured other incriminating evidence.

She was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 1977 for taking part in at least six assassination attempts claimed by the group, otherwise known as the Baader-Meinhof gang. But in 1989 she was pardoned and released.

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Named after its founders Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, the group mounted a violent campaign against what it considered was the oppressive capitalist state of West Germany from 1977 to 1982.

It targeted the German elite and US military bases in Germany and is suspected of killing 34 people. The group officially disbanded in 1998.

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02:46 April 9, 2010 by pepsionice
To put this in the right prospective.....I don't think the upper levels of the prosecutor's office in Germany care to try this case. You can only tie the DNA to the envelop but you can't put the person at the scene. She very likely knows who did the crime, but obviously....they still live....otherwise, she would have said something already.

Buback's family however.....doesn't buy any of the hesitation. They think that Becker deserves a day in court and want this threat of sending her back for at least ten more years of prison time.

The curious thing here is that the only support left for the Red Army....is the upper levels of the government and the folks who stood by the RAF purpose back in the 1970s. The public over the past five years have come to a very negative view of the group based on several movies and a number of books. And the court system will examine the DNA and reach a conclusion that Becker is involved in someway.....thus earning a short 1-year sentence at best (my humble opinion).
07:05 April 9, 2010 by JohannBrun
What is federalist state if it was an oppressive state? Apparently, nothing has changed much.

I generally think she should be released from court, or at least minimal jail time. It does not make sense whatsoever for her to go back to jail if this case has been stalled up to this point for over 30 years ago. She may have been an activist... But then I would think that Miss Becker is possibly a patriot in heart, in metaphor to American Tea Party movement just brewing by now.
14:57 April 9, 2010 by wolfer
A "patriot in heart" who just happens to be a murderer? Comparing her to the Tea Party movement in America is a joke. Anyone who did as she in America would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
15:39 April 9, 2010 by eichbaumman
I lived there during those years and many many after. Those were indeed scary times. A partiot, certainly not in a million years. A dispicable hexe would more clearly define this evil person. A horrible Death would be a fitting ending for her. She has already endured behind bars.
17:09 April 9, 2010 by Customs_MP
eichbaumman: I also lived there during those years while assigned to Field Office Schinnen, The Netherlands, Border Operations Detachment, 42d MP Group (Customs); and, yes, it WAS a scary time! I was more worried on the Dutch/German and Belgian/German borders than during my time in Vietnam.
19:44 April 9, 2010 by fair1day
Nice lady? I hope they lock her up and throw away the key.
01:42 April 11, 2010 by Jason U.
I lived in West Germany at the time (Neu Ulm Wiley Kaserne 1987-1991) and we were told to be aware of the Red Army Faction (RAF). They blew up the PX in Frankfurt (a co worker remembers feeling the blast) one year before I got there. Murder has no statute of limitations. Prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law. BTW, I hope to visit your country again soon. i had one child born there (Augsburg) and have nothing but good memories of Germany and its people.
19:59 April 11, 2010 by JohannBrun
Weren't the original RAF members a children of Nazi parents?

Wolfer, that depends on your status. If you're rich in America, you can get away with it. If you're middle class, you get half the sentence. If you're from a lower class, you'd get the full extent.

Perhaps it is the English language barrier that doesn't enable the brutality of Tea Party Movement... It is perhaps pragmatic at least.
06:21 April 13, 2010 by vonSchwerin

You should check out "Unser Kampf: 1968 - ein irritierter Blick zurück" by the historian Götz Aly. He discusses the links between the radical left of the 68er generation and their pro-Nazi parents and teachers.
19:17 April 18, 2010 by JohannBrun
"Our Life: 1968 - Behind the Irritated Glimpse"

I don't know if I wanna read it. I noticed a familiar face in the film A Generation from 1955. Perhaps it technically occurred in 1945 during its film making process. I just happened to notice one SS face that shot a guy in left arm. That was a bit of... distraction for me.

I'm not so sure if I should read the book, knowing that I was already in my previous life... Perhaps that is "backwards" or "behind" or "left behind" of the lost generation.

I just ordered the book, I better as well as practice my German.
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