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Japanese Red Army founder Fusako Shigenobu filed an appeal Monday against the 20-year prison sentence she received for her role in the seizure of the French Embassy in The Hague in 1974 as well as two counts of violating passport laws, her lawyer said.

The Tokyo District Court said Feb. 23 that Shigenobu, 60, who was not actually present at the seizure, conspired with three members of the leftist group to take over the embassy on Sept. 13, 1974, and take the French ambassador and 10 others hostage.

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