Red Army Faction Terrorist on Trial for Attacks Against U.S. Military
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) _ A member of the terrorist Red Army Faction went on trial Monday, charged with attempted murder in two attacks 12 years ago on the U.S. military in Germany.
Ingrid Jakobsmeier, already serving a nine-year sentence on a 1986 conviction as a member of the radical leftist Red Army Faction, is being tried in Stuttgart’s high-security Stammheim prison.
The charges stem from a 1981 car bombing that wounded 17 people at the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters at Ramstein Air Base. They also cover a rocket attack in Heidelberg the same year that slightly injured Gen. Frederick Kroesen, then commander of U.S. Army-Europe, his wife and aide.
The charges against Jakobsmeier resulted from the case of another Red Army Faction member, Henning Beer, who was convicted in July of taking part in the same attacks and implicated Jacobsmeier during his testimony. He is serving a six-year sentence.
Jacobsmeier, who would have been eligible for parole in October, could receive up to 15 additional years in prison if convicted on the latest charges.
Her trial is expected to hear 59 witnesses and five terrorism experts and run through September.
The Red Army Faction has committed numerous murders, kidnappings and attacks on NATO, government and business targets in Germany over the past two decades. It responsibility for a March 28 bombing of a new prison at Weiterstadt, 15 miles south of Frankfurt, causing $62.5 million in damage at the unoccupied site.