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Baader-Meinhof member speaks to deny murder

The Local · 14 May 2012, 14:42

Published: 14 May 2012 14:42 GMT+02:00

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"I was not there," Verena Becker, 59, told the higher regional court in the western city of Stuttgart, where she is on trial for complicity in the murder of then West Germany's top prosecutor, Siegfried Buback, in 1977.

“These accusations are false and I cannot let them stand as they are," she added, in her first comments on the trial for more than 18 months.

Wearing a pale blue shirt and grey jumper and sporting dark glasses, Becker said she was in the Middle East on the day extremists pulled up to Buback's car and sprayed it with bullets, killing him and two others.

She also said she "never participated" in planning the attack in the south-western city of Karlsruhe which marked the start of the "German Autumn", the peak of the gang's reign of terror that shook Germany to its core.

"I have never personally ridden a motorbike," she told the court.

Other members of the murderous "anti-imperialist" outfit have been convicted for the killings, but the shooter has never been identified.

The case was closed in 1980 but was reopened in 2008 when Becker's DNA was found on a letter from the gang, better known to Germans as the Red Army Faction (RAF), claiming responsibility for Buback's death.

The gang took up arms against what it considered an oppressive capitalist state still riddled with former Nazis, killing 34 people in attacks on West Germany's elite and US military bases before disbanding in 1998.

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17:47 May 14, 2012 by nadom
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18:38 May 14, 2012 by vladpootin
The tourist terrorist - against imperialism - should find prison's Marxist environment a perfect fit! Dorm-style lodging, food, medical...all provided within a co-op style workforce.
20:54 May 14, 2012 by Whipmanager
I would like to ask her where she was in 1986. I seem to remember her as part of a group that came to my local base, pretending to be a reporter, and trying to get into to see the Kaiserslautern American COmmunity COmmander's house on the guise of an interview. I understand she was almost caught when the guard realised who she was, but she had just left.

She does not talk about never killing anyone, just saying that she wasn't involved in these two cases. Death wou8ld be a fine end for her.
22:26 May 14, 2012 by MeinSchwanz
just a future glimpse of the escalating Occu-commie movement.
09:53 May 15, 2012 by asteriks
News is written in the way that journalist kiss in ass political police in order to get career and money for himself/herself. So much about "independent medias". By the way, politicans and soldiers killed much more people than any RAF, Red Brigades and similar. Therefore politicians hunt Julian Assange and Wikileaks, because killers don't like that someone publish the truth about their crimes.
10:54 May 15, 2012 by fugly
@Whipmanager " I would like to ask her where she was in 1986." Erm ,,,,you could try prison for starters, unless they were already letting her out on weekends for good behaviour so she could have a crack at your base security, well spotted that man!
13:54 May 15, 2012 by wenddiver
Worthless Communist, Stassi, Murderer.
14:48 May 15, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
Why is there a picture of John Lennon after a hard day of shopping with Yoko? Or is that Yoko?
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