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Ex-Red Army Faction member to be paroled

August 18, 2007

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— A former radical leftist convicted in the murder of a U.S. soldier and bombing of an American military base poses no more danger to the public and will be released on parole, a German court ruled Friday.

Eva Haule, a one-time member of the Red Army Faction, will be released Tuesday after serving 21 years of a life sentence for the 1985 attacks, the Frankfurt state court said.

Haule, 53, a member of the Red Army Faction from February 1984 until her arrest in August 1986, was convicted in 1988 of membership of a terrorist organization and weapons possession in connection with a failed 1984 attack on a NATO training school in Bavaria.

In 1994, a Frankfurt court convicted her in the killing of 20-year-old Spc. Edward Pimental, who was shot after he left a discotheque on Aug. 7, 1985, in the western German city of Wiesbaden with a woman.

Authorities said the terrorists used Pimental's ID card to enter the Rhein-Main air base in Frankfurt. The following day, explosives packed in a Volkswagen rocked the parking lot behind the base headquarters. Two Americans were killed and 23 wounded.

Haule was convicted and sentenced to life on three counts of murder and a charge of bringing about an explosion.

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