GERMANY: Rescue from Retribution

GERMANY: Rescue from Retribution

All across Eastern Europe, former communist leaders have been called to account for abuses they committed during their years of power. Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu was summarily shot; others have been imprisoned or put on trial. But Erich Honecker may escape retribution. Soviet authorities last week secretly flew the former East German leader to Moscow, beyond the reach of a German warrant charging him with manslaughter.

Officially, the ailing Honecker, 78, was moved for "humanitarian reasons" / -- treatment of circulatory and kidney problems. But the German government charged that the Soviets violated international law by removing an indicted man from legal...

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