Arid Uka, the 22-year-old Kosovo native who shot and killed two American airmen at the Frankfurt airport in March of last year, was sentenced to life in prison by a German court on Friday. Despite the terminology, however, a “life” sentence in Germany does not in fact mean life, and Uka could be set free as early as 2028.
Consider, for instance, the precedent of Red Army Faction terrorist Birgit Hogefeld. In 1996, Hogefeld was convicted by the very same court of the murder of two American servicemen and an American civilian. Today, she is free on parole.
For the details, see my new article at the Weekly Standard online here.