Is 24 years enough for 9 lives?

She helped kill nine people, she got five consecutive life sentences, she’s never shown the slightest remorse, and she’s walking after only 24 years in prison:

A former member of the Baader-Meinhof gang has been released after serving 24 years for her involvement in kidnappings and murders in the 1970s.

Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57,was released from the Aichach prison in Germany on Sunday, a prison official said.

Last month a German court ruled that Mohnhaupt qualified for early release after serving a minimum proportion of her five life sentences.

The group was also known as the Red Army Faction.

The prospect of Mohnhaupt’s release sparked a fierce debate in Germany.

Mohnhaupt was convicted of involvement in nine murders. Victims included a judge, a banker and the employers’ federation president.

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg, in Berlin, says she was once described as the most evil and dangerous woman in West Germany.


The Red Army Faction sought to combat what it saw as capitalist oppression of workers and US imperialism.

It was active from about 1970 – having grown out of student anti-Vietnam war protests – until 1992, when it abandoned violence. It formally disbanded in 1998.

One of the group’s most prominent targets was the German industrialist Hans Martin Schleyer – who was kidnapped in September 1977 and shot six weeks later.

Speaking before the court ruling, Mr Schleyer’s son Joerg said members of the group had expressed no remorse for the killing.

Where’s the justice in that?

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  • ymarsakar

    Put terrorists in jail. Really good idea… really good.

    People think that’s the end? No, it is not, is it.

    Justice is an attempt to do the right thing. Not something of a high priority for people.

  • ymarsakar

    I think I heard this first from CDR Sala. It is simple confirmation.

    One, justice is not achieved through prisons for terrorists and murderers.

    Two, even if the organization that organized the whole scale slaughter of people were to disband and disappear while the terrorists are in jail, this doesn’t mean other organizations and motivations will not set the terrorists free. Which means if a criminal’s organization is still around, even more damage will be dealt to the pursuit of justice.

    And all this doesn’t depend upon people. It doesn’t matter what person is in charge or not. So long as terrorists live, there is hope… for the terrorist. Hope of being released, hope of friends breaking them out of jail, hope of a hostage exchange… hope for everything, because you have not taken everything from them.

    This is what I have learned, because of how the Left taught me. They taught me that if you do as they say, these results are the consequence. They taught me that if you try to deal with people permanently, the only people they (the Left) will allow to permanently win are the enemies of humanity. The enemies of humanity are the only ones that the Left will allow to employ final and lethal means. Our side, they must constrain. And this is the consequence. This has always been the consequence.

    Time does not go backwards, after all.

  • ymarsakar

    I hear all kinds of promises. “They will get life” “This is justice for terrorists”

    It is all a lie. Justice is not their goal. They are not really serious about pursuing justice, when they talk about “rights” for GitMo boys. Saddam’s American lawyer wasn’t interested in justice, for anyone. How the slimeballs come out…

    The nihilists are right in their analysis of one thing, which is that there are motivations which cause war and suffering.

    until 1992, when it abandoned violence. It formally disbanded in 1998.

    Didn’t something else happen around that time, the Berlin Wall Fall perhaps?

    When people no longer believe that they can win, the fighting will stop. What I do with this knowledge differs from the nihilists.

    When 1000 enemies of America are executed consecutively, one after the other, with each their own unique execution method, will their side continue to believe that their beliefs are worth fighting for? I guess it depends. It depends upon how strong they are in comparison, how strong their beliefs are. Their beliefs are strong enough to kill us, obviously. But hey, killing is enjoyable, so that is no test of their strength to test them on their ability to do fun things. But dying, dying painfully, horrendously, and in public… that’s something else. Something else entirely.

    I wish to test the strength of their beliefs. If they believe in communism so much… their strength of belief shall be tested. If they believe in jihad so much… their strength of belief shall be tested.

    Terrorists pride themselves on their ability to challenge civilization and order’s ability to withstand violence and fear… That’s fine. I’m simply for returning the favor, nothing wrong with a friendly competition, is there. We are not dealing with machines after all. Every human has a breaking point. This friendly little contest will decide simply who wishes to win more.

  • Jauhara al kafirah

    Y, There will come a time, I fear, when the concept of the Star Chamber arises, and in secret, angry judges will exact justice and these beneficiaries of a forgetful public will be terminated, once and for all. Unfortunately, history has shown us that the secret judgments passed are often against those who merely oppose in speech and thought the tyrants who rule over them (often, with the consent of the “people”.)

  • Danny Lemieux

    And that is why, in modern Eurabia, the jihadis will win. Eurabia has lost the ability to discern between good and evil, between crime and punishment, between actions and consequences. Their people have lost the will to resist.

    In Eurabia today, rights are accorded the perpetrator, not the victim, because, according to their Liberal/Left mindset, the victim is the perpetrator and the perpetrator is the victim.

    Personally and morally, I oppose the death penalty because, among several reasons, the moral consequences of wrongly executing an innocent person are so awful. Practically, I have no alternative but to support the death penalty because the consequences of releasing these animals back into society are so awful and (thanks to the American Criminal Liberties Association) inevitable.

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  • Mike Devx

    Perhaps The United States Supreme Court will cite this decision as precedence. This one, and the other recent German case where a Muslim man may legally beat his Muslim wife. Now that the legal decisions of every other nation are as important as (or MORE important than?) our own Constitution in how they determine the outcome of cases. There MUST have been a recent Russian court decision we can rely on, as well, and I’m sure there’s been a few good ones in Venezuela, too. Any good Iranian cases, anyone? The Justices Would Like To Know!