Red Army Faction militant charged over 1977 murder
9 April 2010
Germany has charged a former member of the radical far-left Red Army
Faction (RAF) militant group over the 1977 murder of a federal prosecutor.
Verena Becker, 57, was arrested last August for her suspected role in
the ambush of Siegfried Buback. Two men escorting him were also shot dead.
Ms Becker is accused of being an accessory to the murder - one of the
RAF's most notorious attacks.
The RAF, also called the Baader-Meinhof gang, killed more than 30 people.
DNA evidence implicating Ms Becker was found on a letter in which her
group claimed responsibility, police said.
The three victims were shot dead by two people on a motorcycle as
their car stopped at traffic lights en route to a Karlsruhe court.
Although Ms Becker was arrested the month after the Buback
assassination, after a shoot-out with police, there was insufficient
evidence at the time to convict her of his murder.
She was sentenced to life imprisonment for her involvement in six
other murders, but was pardoned by then President Richard von
Weizsaecker in 1989 and released.
The RAF broke up 10 years ago. It targeted bankers, businessmen,
judges and US servicemen. Bodyguards and drivers were also gunned
down in the gang's attacks.
German gang member charged with 1977 murder
By Rachael Brown in London
Apr 10, 2010
Germany has charged a former member of a radical militant group,
known as the Baader Meinhof gang, with the 1977 murder of a federal prosecutor.
The killing of Siegfried Buback was one of the highest profile
murders carried out by the Red Army Faction guerrilla group.
The prosecutor and two men escorting him were ambushed at traffic
lights and shot dead.
Germany has charged 57-year-old Verena Becker for her suspected role
in the murder.
She was arrested in 1977 a month after the assassination, but
released because of a lack of evidence.
Police say they have now found her DNA on a letter, in which her
group claimed responsibility.
She has served 12 years in prison for six other murders.
Ex-Red Army Faction member charged
(AP) Apr 8, 2010
BERLIN Ex-Red Army Faction member Verena Beckman is facing charges
for her alleged role in the 1977 assassination of a West German
The country's federal prosecutor's office charged Becker Thursday
with being an accessory to the fatal ambush on prosecutor Siegfried
Buback, one of the group's most notorious killings, German news
agency DAPD reported.
Becker was arrested last August after a new investigation was opened
into the April 7, 1977 attack, in which Buback's driver and bodyguard
also were killed.
That investigation was based in part on new evidence generated using
DNA samples, including one linking Becker to a letter from the Red
Army Faction sent on the day of the attack.