BERLIN – A German court said Friday it ordered the early release on parole of a former Red Army Faction member who was convicted in the 1985 murder of a U.S. soldier.
Eva Haule can be released Aug. 21 after serving 21 years of her life sentence, the Frankfurt state court said in a statement.
Haule was convicted by a Stuttgart court in 1988 of membership in a terrorist organization and weapons possession.
In 1994, a Frankfurt court found her guilty of participating in the murder of Edward Pimental, a 20-year-old Army soldier, in the western German city of Wiesbaden, as well as in the bombing of the U.S. Rhein-Main air base.
Haule will become the second former member of the left-wing group that terrorized West Germany to win parole this year. In March, Brigitte Mohnhaupt was released after a quarter-century in prison for her involvement in some of the group's most notorious murders.
On Aug. 8, 1985, explosives packed in a Volkswagen rocked the parking lot behind the Rhein-Main Air Base headquarters in Frankfurt, killing Airman 1st Class Frank H. Scarton, 19, of Woodhaven, Mich., and Becky Joe Bristol, a civilian U.S. Air Force employee from San Antonio, Texas.
The blast also injured 23 people. The night before, Spec. Pimental, of New York City, was killed after leaving a Wiesbaden discotheque with a woman.
Authorities said the terrorists used Pimental's ID card to enter the air base.
Haule's release comes as Germany prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of the "German Autumn" of 1977, in which the Red Army Faction left a trail of dead as it fought to bring down a state it viewed as a capitalist oppressor. The terrorist group killed 34 people before declaring itself disbanded in 1998.