BERLIN — German authorities on Monday pardoned and released a former terrorist convicted of killing three people in a 1975 attack on an OPEC oil ministers' meeting.
A Frankfurt court in 2001 convicted Hans-Joachim Klein of three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder and hostage-taking after a trial in which German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer -- a friend of Klein's from their student radical days 30 years ago -- appeared as a witness.
Klein was sentenced to nine years in prison. He admitted participating in the Dec. 21, 1975, attack on the Vienna headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries but denied shooting anyone.
The attack allegedly was led by Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan terrorist whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez. The victims were an OPEC employee, an Iraqi bodyguard and an Austrian policeman.