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Japan Court Sentences Ex-Guerilla

December 19, 1997

TOKYO (AP) _ A court sentenced a former member of the Japanese Red Army guerrilla organization to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday for using a fake passport in Peru.

The Tokyo District Court handed down the ruling on Kazue Yoshimura, 50, once a key member of the violent leftist group, with a provision for four years of probation, Kyodo News reported.

The suspended sentence means Yoshimura may be spared jail time for good behavior.

Yoshimura, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, has been a fugitive since 1974. She was apprehended by Peruvian authorities in May last year.

The Japanese Red Army has claimed responsibility for several attacks, most of which took place in the 1970s.

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