German arrested for 1970s murder of top prosecutor

Former terrorist Verena Becker has been arrested after new evidence surfaced linking her to the murder of German Federal Prosecutor General Siegfried Buback and two bodyguards in 1977.

Even though four RAF members (Christian Klar, Knut Folkerts, Günter Sonnenberg and Brigitte Mohnhaupt) were formally charged and prosecuted in connection with the Buback murder, important details of her involvement have not been solved.

Buback’s violent death became again the subject of public discussion when his son, Michael Buback, was contacted by former RAF member Peter-Jürgen Boock. Boock shared details with Buback’s son indicating that it was Stefan Wisniewski who had fired the gun at Siegfried Buback. Verena Becker has also claimed Wisniewski was the killer.

Verena Becker now 57 was a member of the Red Army Faction, a communist terror group that hoped to trigger a worker’s revolution. Most of the organisation’s other members were sentenced to lengthy jail sentences for this and other killings, but the case against Becker in Buback’s slaying was dropped for lack of evidence, and she was later pardoned from her convictions in other crimes.

The case was reopened last year, and new technology was able to recover DNA evidence from at least one envelope containing a letter of responsibility from the terrorists, who were also known as the Baader-Meinhof group after their co-founders. This DNA matched Becker, who now lives in Berlin.

Becker’s apartment was raided last week, and police recovered other evidence linking Becker to the killings, including a manuscript of a book she was working on about the crime. According to her arrest warrant, she was involved in “essential contributions to the preparation and execution of the attack.”

Buback was gunned down in his car by a masked assasin on a motorcycle. Which Red Army Faction member was the gunman has never been determined, and Becker has always denied direct involvement. She has been free since 1989, which is when she was pardoned for six attempted assasinations.

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