Germany: Radical Left-Wing Feminist Given Suspended Jail Term
The Rote Zora group claimed responsibility for over 40 bombings
A member of a German left-wing feminist guerrilla group was handed a
suspended two-year prison sentence on Monday for her role in two failed
bombings 20 years ago.
Adrienne Gerhäuser, 58, had admitted that she "knowingly and willingly"
attempted to bomb the Berlin Genetic Technical Institute in 1986 and a
clothing factory in Bavaria in 1987 on behalf of the Rote Zora movement.
Gerhäuser, a photographer, handed herself over to the police late last
year after two decades on the run with her boyfriend, who is also
suspected of aiding terrorist activities.
She told the Berlin court that the attacks were motivated by her political
beliefs at the time, including a fierce opposition to genetic engineering
and solidarity with striking female factory workers in South Korea.
Gerhäuser said she had provided alarm clocks for two bomb detonators.
But in both cases the devices failed to go off and no one was injured.
The sentence was widely expected. The Berlin court had said that because
Gerhäuser had turned herself in, this was the maximum penalty she could
expect. She was convicted of membership in a terrorist group and two
counts of attempting to cause an explosion.
The Berlin judge who handed down the suspended sentence said Gerhäuser was no longer "motivated to manifest her political views violently."
Named after a German children's book about a female Robin Hood-like
character, Rote Zora was a women's splinter group that broke away from
the so-called Revolutionary Cells network in 1986. It claimed
responsibility for 45 bombings and cases of arson between April 1977 and February 1988 with the aim of bringing about "violent, radical change in German society" but tried to avoid casualties.
Germany will this year be commemorating the "autumn of terrorism" 30 years ago in 1977, when murders and kidnappings by the Red Army Faction (RAF)reached their climax.