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Founder of Japanese Red Army freed after 20 years

Fusako Shigenobu, co-founder of the Japanese Red Army militant group, was released from prison in 1974 after serving 20 years for his role in the embassy siege.

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Fusako Shigenobu, a 76-year-old leader of the Japanese Red Army militant group in Japan, was jailed for 20 years for his role in the 1974 attack on the French embassy in The Hague.

Shigenobu, who lived on the run for years, was arrested in Osaka in 2000.

26 PEOPLE DID, MANY INJURED

Two years before the attack in The Hague, he was involved in an attack at Israel’s Lod Airport in which 26 people were killed and 80 injured.

However, Shigenobu was imprisoned in the 1974 siege of the French embassy in The Hague, in which the ambassador and several others were taken hostage for a hundred hours by three Red Army militants.

FLY TO SYRIA

The siege had ended when France released a Red Army militant, and the group had flown into Syria.

Shigenobu himself was not involved in the attack, but in 2006 a Japanese court found that he had helped coordinate the attack and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

he apologized

Shigenobu had disbanded the Japanese Red Army, saying it would seek new fights within the law.

The last known act of the group was a car bomb attack on a US military club in Italy in 1988. As Shigenobu was released from prison, he apologized for “harming innocent people” for his cause.

According to the AFP news agency, “Half a century ago… By prioritizing our war, for example, by taking hostages, we harmed innocent people who are strangers to us,” Shigenbu said. 26 expressed his sadness at the death.

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