Terrorist Extradited to Germany After Serving Swiss Term
BERN, Switzerland (AP) _ A convicted West German terrorist who shot and injured two Swiss border guards in 1977 completed her jail term Friday and was immediately extradited to West Germany, the Swiss justice ministry said.
Gabriele Tiedemann, a leading member of the Red Army Faction leftist terror group in the 1970s, was turned over to West German authorities at Bern airport after serving a 10-year sentence, said ministry spokesman Joerg Kistler.
Tiedemann, 36, faces a prison sentence in West Germany of six years and four months for various terrorist acts.
A Swiss court sentenced her to 15 years for attacking the two border guards who tried to stop her and an accomplice, Christian Moeller, at the French- Swiss border near Porrentruy in 1977. The last third of Tiedemann’s sentence was waived for good behavior.
The Federal Tribunal, Switzerland’s supreme court, Thursday rejected an appeal by her lawyer to reconsider the extradition because court proceedings were pending in Zurich for her marriage to a Swiss citizen.
Zurich authorities blocked Tiedemann’s wedding plans, saying the move appeared to be aimed at avoiding extradition by automatically gaining Swiss citizenship through marriage.