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There is something seriously wrong with the German justice system. From AFP-

Christian Klar, an ex-member of the 1970s German guerrilla group the Red Army Faction (RAF), will be released in January after a quarter-century in prison, authorities decided on Monday.

Klar, 56, jailed in 1982 over multiple murders including the assassination of federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback in 1977, will be freed on January 3 on parole, a court in the southern city of Stuttgart ruled.

Buback became the first victim of a bloody period dubbed the "German Autumn" when he was shot in his Mercedes car by an RAF gunman on a motorcycle in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe.

The RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang after its founders Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, mounted a violent campaign from 1977 to 1982 against what it called the oppressive capitalist state of West Germany.

Other victims included industrialist Hans Martin Schleyer and banker Juergen Ponto.

It targeted the German elite and the US military based in Germany and is suspected of killing 34 people. The group officially disbanded in 1998.

Brigitte Mohnhaupt, who led the RAF with Klar after the group's original leaders committed suicide in jail, was released from prison in March 2007 after serving 24 years for her role in nine murders.

Klar has never repented for his crimes. In May 2007 German President Horst Koehler refused to pardon Klar or Birgit Hogefeld, the two remaining RAF members still in prison.

You terrorize a nation, murder or help to murder three dozen people, and you don't spend the rest of your life in jail after getting imprisoned? I thought the Broward County court system was the most screwed up, but that opinion is revised.


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Comments (9)

Look for them to become mod... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Look for them to become model citizens involved in higher education at premiere German Universities.

Wow, Germany's getting to b... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Wow, Germany's getting to be as bad as Chicago. At least there's little chance of this guy having been the next Chancellors next door neighbor for 20 yars, seeing as how he's been in jail.

The oppressive state of... ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

The oppressive state of... West Germany? Lolllllzzzzzzzzzzz

That is the difference betw... (Below threshold)
Juergen:

That is the difference between civilization and the US. Civilized jurisdictions are for justice and (re-)socialization, the US system is after revenge.
Whom does it help to keep somebody in jail that is not a threat to society, after serving the minimum prison term?

Whom does it help to kee... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Whom does it help to keep somebody in jail that is not a threat to society, after serving the minimum prison term?

FTFA
Klar, 56, jailed in 1982 over multiple murders including the assassination of federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback in 1977

You use that word civilization, Juergen. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Directly involved in 9 murd... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Directly involved in 9 murders and planned for 11 more. He planed and carried out attacks against other citizens. He is not remorseful of any of his actions. He should server 25 years for each life he took. This was no manslaughter , or a crime of passion , theft or burglary, it was multiple counts of murder. 75 years for each count would be Justice.

Retribution is a very impor... (Below threshold)

Retribution is a very important function of the criminal justice system which allows us to enjoy civilization as we know it. If the criminal justice system does not serve this purpose effectively, people will take it upon themselves to achieve retributive justice.
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A hearty "Guten tag" to ol'... (Below threshold)

A hearty "Guten tag" to ol' Juergen up there. Nice to see the euro-weenies coming out of the woodwork to defend one of their buddies, all in the name of "civilization."

Not just Germany but typica... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

Not just Germany but typical of Western Europe. Multiple murders, airplane hijacking. Such crimes rarely result in more than 20 years in prison.




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