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German Jailed for Bombing Against Jews

A German court convicted a former leftist guerrilla on Tuesday of a bomb attack on Jewish emigrants in Budapest in 1991 and sentenced her to 12 years in prison.


Andrea Klump talking to her lawyer during Tuesday's sentencing

The court found Andrea Klump -- who has been linked to Germany's ultra-left Red Army Faction, which carried out a series of attacks in the 1970s and 1980s -- guilty of 32 counts of accessory to attempted murder.

Six people were wounded in the attack on a bus carrying Russian Jewish emigrants to the city's airport including four people on board and two police officers escorting the coach.

Combo Klump Andrea Martina Klump (r) und Horst Ludwig Meyer

Horst Ludwig Meyer and Andrea Klump

Prosecutors linked the bombing to a pro-Palestinian group called the "Movement for the Liberation of Jerusalem" and fingered Klump's companion Horst Ludwig Meyer (photo) as its mastermind.

Klump (photo), 47, is already in jail serving a nine-year sentence imposed in 2001 for attempted murder, hostage-taking and blackmail during a failed 1988 attack against a nightclub popular with US servicemen near the Spanish city of Cadiz.

The court met the prosecution's request to combine the two sentences into a total of 12 years.

Klump denies direct involvement

Klump admitted last month she had prior knowledge of the Budapest attack but denied direct involvement in the plot.

Anschlag auf dem Flughafen in Budapest Ungarn 1991 Archivfoto

Two damaged vehicles near the Ferihegy Airport after the bombing.

The 25-kilogram (55-pound) bomb was detonated by remote control on December 23, 1991 to hit a bus carrying some 30 people. Because it detonated sooner than planned, the police cruiser took the brunt of the blast.

Klump told the court last month that she had traveled to Budapest in September of that year and stayed nearly three months, contradicting earlier testimony. She said she knew that Meyer was there on a mission ordered by Palestinian militants.

She admitted to managing bookkeeping for the two of them, renting apartments and handling travel plans.

Klump returned to her apartment in Belgrade a few days before the bombing on a tip from Meyer. She was captured in Vienna on September 1999 over the Spanish attack. Meyer, who was with her at the time, was shot dead while resisting arrest.

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