Get out of jail

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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