NJ trooper's killer named a most wanted terrorist

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    May 02, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    A militant convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper 40 years ago is now the first woman on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists.

    The FBI and state of New Jersey also announced Thursday a doubling of the reward, to $2 million, for the capture of Joanne Chesimard.

    The state is adding its own $1 million on top of the million dollars already offered by the FBI for her capture and return.

    Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army. She's been on the run since 1979 when she escaped from prison, where she was serving a life term in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster.

    She fled to Cuba, where she has lived under the name Assata Shakur.
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    May 02, 2013 11:43 PM GMT
    AKA Joanne Chesimard
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    May 02, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    In May 1973 Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, during which New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and BLA member Zayd Malik Shakur were killed and Shakur and Trooper James Harper were wounded.[5] Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was indicted in relation to six other alleged criminal incidents—charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping—resulting in three acquittals and three dismissals. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout.[6]

    Shakur was then incarcerated in several prisons, where her treatment drew criticism from some human rights groups. She escaped from prison in 1979 and has been living in Cuba in political asylum since 1984. Since May 2, 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has classified her as a "domestic terrorist" and offered a $2 million reward for assistance in her capture. Attempts to extradite her have resulted in letters to the Pope and a Congressional resolution. Shakur is the step-aunt of the deceased hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, the stepson of her brother Mutulu Shakur. Her life has been portrayed in literature, film and song.[7]
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    May 03, 2013 12:09 AM GMT
    RIP Trooper Foerster - killed 200 yards south of NJTP Admin Building just south of Exit 9 New Brunswick, NJ