Red Army Faction militant Becker jailed for 1977 murder

Former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker at her trial in Stuttgart, Germany, on 14 May 2012
Image caption Verena Becker was a leading member of the notorious Baader-Meinhof gang

A German court has handed down a four-year jail term to a former militant in the far-left Red Army Faction (RAF) over the murder of a top prosecutor.

Verena Becker was an accessory to the 1977 murder of West Germany's chief federal prosecutor, Siegfried Buback, the court ruled. His driver and a bodyguard also died in the ambush.

Becker, 59, denied any involvement. Two-and-a-half years already served in jail will be cut from her sentence.

The killer has not yet been uncovered.

The ambush happened in the south-western city of Karlsruhe. At the time the RAF was waging a violent campaign against the West German state, targeting prominent establishment figures and US military bases.

Mr Buback and his two aides were shot dead by a passenger on a motorcycle as their car was waiting at traffic lights.

Becker went on trial in Stuttgart in 2010, accused of playing a crucial role in planning and carrying out the murder. She was arrested the month after the murders.

The RAF, also called the Baader-Meinhof gang, killed more than 30 people. The group broke up more than 10 years ago.

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