Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Western Europe: Former German Terrorist Sonja Suder, 80, Released for Time Served

According to The International Business Times, Sonja Suder, 80, a German national and alleged former left-wing radical was acquitted Tuesday (November 11) of having helped Venezuelan notorious militant mastermind, "Carlos the Jackal," AKA Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, 64, launch a deadly 1975 attack on OPEC's Vienna headquarters.

While Suder, a suspected former member of the Revolutionary Cells group, was cleared of murder, she was found guilty of having aided in three non-deadly explosives and arson attacks in Germany in the late 1970s.

Fortunately, though, the octogenarian was sentenced to three and a half years' prison on those charges, but walked free because of the time she had already served in pre-trial custody.

After showing no reaction to the verdict inside the courtroom, where she wore sunglasses, Suder was greeted by about 100 supporters outside the court in Frankfurt, a former bastion of leftwing radicalism.

Suder had been accused of supplying weapons and explosives to a commando led by Ramírez Sánchez,  in the attack on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

COMMENT: The militants took all eleven OPEC oil ministers hostage and then fled by plane to Algeria.

Three people were killed in the provocative attack, including a police officer and members of the Iraqi and Libyan OPEC delegations.

Suder and her partner had been living in France since the late 1970s, working as flea market dealers under assumed names. They were extradited to Germany in 2011.

Convicted militant, 66, had accused Suder of recruiting him to take part in the bloody Vienna siege, testifying under a plea bargain that gave him a relatively lenient nine-year sentence.

Yet, during Suder's trial, which started in September 2012, prosecutors had conceded that aside from Klein's testimony there was no firm evidence linking Suder to the OPEC attack.