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Fugitive Won’t Fight Extradition

July 9, 1999

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A woman accused of planting bombs in the 1970s as a radical member of the Symbionese Liberation Army will not fight extradition nor challenge her identity, her lawyer said Thursday.

By agreeing to extradition, Sara Jane Olson will essentially admit she is Kathleen Ann Soliah, a woman who the FBI said has been in hiding for 24 years.

As Ms. Olson, she married, had children and became an active member of her St. Paul community.

But investigators say that as Ms. Soliah, she placed pipe bombs under two Los Angeles police cars in 1975 in retaliation for a shootout with police the year before in which six SLA members were killed.

She has been wanted on murder conspiracy ever since.

Los Angeles authorities plan to fly her to the city early next week where a bail hearing has been set for Wednesday.

``Ms. Olson wants to put this matter behind her as quickly as possible so she can be reunited with her husband and daughters, return to St. Paul and resume her volunteer work in the community,″ her lawyer, Howard Bass, said.

The 52-year-old woman and her physician husband have three daughters. Supporters say she is a typical ``soccer mom″ and occasional actress who has led an exemplary life of service to her family, church and community.

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