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Red Army Faction trial ends

Red Army Faction trial ends

In Stuttgart, West Germany, the lengthy trial of the leaders of the terrorist Baader-Meinhof Gang, also referred to as the Red Army Faction, ends with Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jan-Carl Raspe becoming found guilty of four counts of murder and a lot more than 30 counts of attempted murder. Each defendant was sentenced alive imprisonment, Germany’s most serious punishment.

The Red Army Faction was founded by ultra-left revolutionaries Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof in 1968. Advocating communist revolution in West Germany, the combined group employed terrorist techniques against government, military, and corporate leaders within an ongoing work to topple capitalism within their homeland. Baader was imprisoned in 1970 but escaped, and Meinhof was captured in 1972. In 1976, Baader was recaptured, and Meinhof hanged herself in her cell.

During the trial of Baader and his associates, the couple of Red Army Faction members nevertheless at big continued their program of violence and assassination. In 1976, two Baader-Meinhof guerrillas took portion in the Palestinian hijacking of an Air France jetliner that ended with the Israeli raid on the Entebbe airport in Uganda. Both Germans were killed.

In April 1977, Baader and another individuals were sentence alive. Six months later, Palestinian terrorists hijacked a Lufthansa airliner to Somalia and demanded the release of imprisoned Red Army Faction members. On October 17, West German commandos stormed the plane in Mogadishu, releasing the captives and killing the hijackers. The following day, Baader and 3 others were located shot within their jail cells, suicides presumably.

Red Army Faction violence continued till 1992, once the group known as off its terrorist campaign officially. It was later discovered that the East German secret police had provided instruction, supplies, and protection to the Red Army Faction throughout the 1970s.

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Source: History