Ex-RAF terror group woman jailed

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Former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker leaves the courtroom in Stuttgart(AP Photo/dapd/Daniel Maurer) // Former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker leaves the courtroom in Stuttgart(AP Photo/dapd/Daniel Maurer)
Former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker leaves the courtroom in Stuttgart(AP Photo/dapd/Daniel Maurer)
A former member of the Red Army Faction has been convicted as an accessory to the 1977 murder of West Germany's chief federal prosecutor, one of the leftist terror group's most notorious killings, and sentenced to four years in prison.
The Stuttgart state court ruled that, due to a previous conviction, two and a half years of Verena Becker's sentence counts as already served.
Becker went on trial in September 2010, accused of playing a leading role in the fatal ambush of prosecutor Siegfried Buback, his driver and a bodyguard.
She was charged with three counts of murder, but prosecutors later dropped the claim that Becker was a co-perpetrator. They argued that she had pushed for the attack and called for her to be convicted as an accessory.
Judge Hermann Wieland said that Becker supported and "knowingly and deliberately" influenced the perpetrators but it was not possible to prove that Becker was involved in carrying out the killings.
In May, Becker, 59, told the court that she was "never involved in concrete preparation" for the attack. She could not answer the question of who exactly fired the fatal shots, which has never been resolved, "because I wasn't there". Becker said she was in the Middle East on the day of the attack.
An original investigation into Becker's role in the April 7, 1977 killing - which took place during an especially bloody period of leftist violence in the then-West Germany - was closed in 1980 because of a lack of evidence.
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