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Last Red Army Faction prisoner freed

The Local · 21 Jun 2011, 17:27

Published: 21 Jun 2011 17:27 GMT+02:00

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Hogefeld, 54, on Monday left the Frankfurt-Preungesheim open prison in Germany after being sentenced in 1996 to life imprisonment, a spokesman for the Hesse state Justice Ministry said.

"She was released at 9:00 am on June 20," spokesman Hans Liedel said.

She had been convicted on four counts of murder for the death of three Americans and a German police officer and 10 of attempted murder in relation to a number of other RAF attacks in the 1980s.

Hogefeld was a key figure in the so-called third generation of the RAF, the murderous "anti-imperialist" extremist outfit also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang after its original founders Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof.

Her dramatic arrest in June 1993 came after a shoot-out with police in Bad Kleinen, northeast Germany, in which her partner Wolfgang Grams, with whom she had been on the run for a decade, died, together with a police officer.

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Germany may yet jail another RAF member, however, with Verena Becker currently on trial - although she is out on bail - for her alleged role in the 1977 killing of West Germany's top prosecutor.

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18:05 June 21, 2011 by german-guardian
Communism is death and poison for a society
18:05 June 21, 2011 by auslanderus
How can a person be released from jail after being sentenced of killing 4 people? Is ones life so cheap these days? When is a life sentence a life sentence? When she kills again will she get only a couple of years in Jail and it be called a life term? When will people wake up? I am ashamed of the court system here.
19:28 June 21, 2011 by mkvgtired
If you do a little more research it shows that she actually received 3 separate life sentences. It wasnt as if these people were all victims of her shootout with the police. One of the victims was an American soldier that she met in a bar, lured back to her apartment, and then murdered. Truly sad that such a deliberate killer is getting out so early.
19:59 June 21, 2011 by MrBowlocks
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20:41 June 21, 2011 by whpmgr
Mr. Bowlocks: Look out your rearview mirror, they will be coming for you. You are an insane idiot. A german Policeman died for her Communist inspired, Stasi trained and supplied, radical behavior. She should be hunted down and removed from earth, as should be every last one of those guys who were her colleagues.

I remember well the guy tat got lured back to her apartment. She was ugly, he was stupid adn died fro it, but then, what young guy thinks he is going to thehouse of a wanted terrorist to be killed?

I also remember when a few of these guys came calling to the 4 star's house in K-town and teh guard knew he had seen them once before, but wasn't sure,. they got away, he realized his mistake but it was too late.

The 70's through the late 80's were fun in europe. Chasing the bad guys, them trying to find a way to get you. It was exciting, but this young lady should not be set free. Where is the justice? Has she changed her ways?

The reason you here we cant do anything about it is not because of democracy, it is because politicians are not held to the same laws and standards as the public. Man what I wouldnt give to have a few hours talking to this clown Bowlocks to pick his sick brain and see where he will blowup and hurt innocent people, or encourage others to do it.
20:58 June 21, 2011 by Panzer_Fuess
Another concrete example that the Bundesrepublik is just as ineffectual at dealing with extremists as the Weimar Republic was. The fact that this sorry excuse for a human being is free to walk on German soil is disrespectful to the victims of her crimes.
21:13 June 21, 2011 by rwk
She should not have been released. Has she been reformed? Has she pledged to make amends for her wrongs? Is she credible in any such statement? Has she assisted investigators in capturing and prosecuting other RAF people, their accomplices, and the agents of the GDR which assisted them?
21:48 June 21, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
"Communism is death and poison for a society "

23:06 June 21, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@ Mr. Blowlocks: Believe I could admire her, if she tried to make a difference or change in a non-violent manner. Not, when see is responsible and found guilty of four brutal murders (let's call it like it is/was) and ten attempted murders.

Also, what about the other RAF member who is out on bail until her trial for the murder (not killing, too PC) of a state prosecutor? Must be nice to relax and be out in the public, while the family of your victim mourns.
00:15 June 22, 2011 by Avidror
@ Panzer_Fuess, #6.

What demonstrates you're wrong is that the Federal Republic of Germany defeated the R.A.F. terrorists and managed to remain as a democracy. The Weimar Republic didn't achieve such a victory, unfortunately.
06:03 June 22, 2011 by Panzer_Fuess

It's managed so far.

What I was referring to was Hitler's sentence of 5 years, and only serving 9 months.
11:01 June 22, 2011 by m0j0
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13:18 June 22, 2011 by trash head
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20:10 June 22, 2011 by MrBowlocks
I'm sorry to see my post removed because presumably it didn't conform to the Daily Mail reading moronic concensus generally peddled by the editors of this site. German democracy? Let's put our hands over our ears and go 'LA LA LA LA' when somebody says something different. Ever wonder why it's impossible to even mention the 3rd Reich in Germany? Freedom of speech. What a fuquing joke!
01:23 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ MrBowlocks

Well get out if you don't like it. Why do you always bring up the 3rd Reich. Is that some sort of excuse to always bash a whole nation and its people, and force your biased stupid opinion everywhere. Germany democracy for German people and community.
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