Terror organization co-founder apologizes for hurting innocent people after being released from prison


The co-founder of a Japanese terror group has apologized for hurting innocent people after she was released from prison after serving a 20-year sentence.

Fusako Shigenobu, who helped form the communist militant group Japanese Red Army, was found guilty of orchestrating the siege of the French embassy in the Netherlands in 1974 after being arrested in 2000 in Osaka, where she was hiding.

The group sought to overthrow the Japanese government and start a world revolution.

They are believed to be behind a machine gun and grenade attack on the international airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, which killed 28 people in 1972.

Shigenobu, who was not physically present during the attacks, was greeted by her daughter and a crowd of reporters in Tokyo when she was released from prison on Saturday.

“I feel like I finally made it out alive,” she said.

“I hurt innocent people I didn’t know by bringing our struggles to the fore.

“Although these are different times, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize deeply.”

The Japanese Red Army, formed in 1971 and linked to Palestinian militants, took responsibility for several attacks, including the takeover of the US consulate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1975.

A year after his arrest, Shigenobu declared the group disbanded. Japanese media reported that she underwent surgery for cancer while incarcerated.

Kozo Okamoto, who was injured and arrested in the Israeli airport attack, was released in 1985 in a prisoner swap between Israeli and Palestinian forces and is believed to be in Lebanon.

Okamoto and several other members of the group are still wanted by Japanese authorities.