New Twist in Unsolved Terror Case DNA Traces Link Ex-RAF Terrorist to Buback Murder
Fresh evidence has linked former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker to the murder of the then-chief federal prosecutor, Siegfried Buback, more than three decades after the high-profile terrorist attack rocked West Germany.
New evidence has been found linking former Red Army Faction (RAF) member Verena Becker to the murder of West Germany's Chief Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback on April 7, 1977.
Genetic material belonging to Becker was found on several envelopes containing letters claiming responsibility for Buback's murder, the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe said on Thursday.
The revelations give a new twist to ongoing investigations into Buback's murder, one of 34 victims of the far-left RAF's brutal campaign against West German society. Buback, a resolute opponent of the urban guerilla movement, was shot in his dark blue Mercedes by a passenger riding on the back of a motorbike. Buback's driver Wolfgang Göbel, and a judicial officer, Georg Wurster, were also shot during the brazen attack.
Four RAF members -- Christian Klar, Knut Folkerts, Günter Sonnenberg and Brigitte Mohnhaupt -- have been prosecuted in connection with the murder of Buback, one of the highest-profile killings by the terrorist group. However investigators have been unable to establish who was driving the motorcycle or who fired the weapon.
The 57-year-old Becker was released from jail some 20 years ago after serving several years for RAF-related crimes. Michael Buback, the son of the murdered prosecutor, had repeatedly named her as a possible suspect in relation to his father's killing. Following news of the latest evidence, he said: "I am relieved that the investigations into the Karlsruhe attack are being continued."
The Federal Prosecutor's Office has also been investigating Stefan Wisniewski, after ex-terrorist Peter-Jürgen Boock implicated him as a possible attacker. A 2007 DER SPIEGEL article, based on interviews with two former RAF members, reported that Wisniewski may have been the RAF terrorist who fired the deadly shots in Karlsruhe.
Buback's murder was the first attack in a string of killings by the RAF -- also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang -- during what became known as the "German Autumn." Their brutal campaign shook West Germany to the core in 1977, sparking the country's biggest manhunt since the war and the introduction of new anti-terrorism legislation.
jas -- with wire reports