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Japanese Red Army founder gets 20 years in prison

Japanese Red Army founder Fusako Shigenobu has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 1974 seige of the French embassy in The Netherlands during her once-dreaded group’s decade of global violence. The gray-haired 60-year-old raised her fist as the judge found her guilty of attempted murder, although he declined to give her the life sentence requested by prosecutors. “The verdict is not the end. It is only the beginning. Strong will shall keep spreading,” Shigenobu said in a haiku poem read outside the courtroom by her lawyer. Shigenobu, a former soy-sauce company worker turned militant supporter of the Palestinian cause, had lived in the Middle East for around 30 years before resurfacing in Japan with her 2000 arrest. Full Story

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