No early release for woman in NY soldier's death
By DAVID RISING
The Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) A leftist terrorist serving a life sentence for the
murder of a U.S. soldier from New York and the deadly bombing of an
American base is not yet eligible for early release, a German court
Birgit Hogefeld, who has been in prison for 15 years, must serve at
least another three years before parole can be considered, given the
"severity of the crimes," the Frankfurt state court said in its ruling.
Hogefeld, 52, was a member of the notorious Red Army Faction
terrorist organization. She was convicted in the murder of
20-year-old Spc. Edward Pimental, of New York, who was killed after
he left a discotheque on Aug. 7, 1985, in the western German city of
Wiesbaden with a woman.
When Hogefeld was convicted in 1996 of multiple murders and
membership in a terrorist organization, the presiding judge said
testimony had shown that she lured Pimental out of the disco. He was
later found shot dead in nearby woods.
Authorities maintain the terrorists then used Pimental's ID card to
enter the Rhein-Main air base in Frankfurt. The following day,
explosives packed in a Volkswagen rocked the parking lot behind the
base headquarters, killing Airman 1st Class Frank H. Scarton, 19, of
Woodhaven, Michigan, and Becky Joe Bristol, a civilian U.S. Air Force
employee from San Antonio, Texas.
The blast also injured 23 people.
Earlier this year, German President Horst Koehler rejected Hogefeld's
appeal to him for an earlier release, turning down her request for clemency.
Still, Hogefeld's accomplice Eva Haule was paroled last year after
serving 21 years of a life sentence, with the Frankfurt state court
ruling she was no longer a danger to the public.
The Red Army Faction emerged from German student protests against the
Vietnam War, launching a violent, 22-year campaign against what
members considered U.S. imperialism and capitalist oppression of workers.
The organization killed 34 people and injured hundreds. It declared
itself disbanded in 1998.
German terrorist denied parole
FRANKFURT, Germany, July 29 (UPI) -- A German court has rejected a
request for early prison release from a woman serving life for
killing a U.S. soldier and bombing an American base in Frankfurt.
Former Red Army Faction member Birgit Hogefeld, 52, has been behind
bars for 15 years for the incident that left a total of three dead,
Deutsche Welle reported.
A court in Frankfurt ruled Tuesday she must serve at least another
three years before she might be considered eligible for parole given
the "severity of the crimes."
Hogefeld was convicted in 1996 for the murder of the U.S. soldier
The soldier's military identification was later used to gain access
to the Rhine-Main air base in Frankfurt.
Soldiers Frank Scarton and Becky Jo Bristol, were killed and 23
injured in a car bombing in which Hogefeld and other Red Army Faction
members were involved.
Hogefeld was also found guilty of the attempted murder of the then
German Deputy Finance Minister Hanns Tietmeyer, the newspaper said.