GDR leader to be quizzed about hit squad

14th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2004, BERLIN - Former East German leader Egon Krenz faces interrogation by federal investigators in connection with an alleged hit squad that eliminated political enemies abroad, according to a report in the news magazine Der Spiegel.

14 June 2004

BERLIN - Former East German leader Egon Krenz faces interrogation by federal investigators in connection with an alleged hit squad that eliminated political enemies abroad, according to a report in the news magazine Der Spiegel.

The report quotes investigators as saying they would like to question Krenz about the elite squad of killers who allegedly operated on order of the highest echelons of the East German regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

"He is thought to be a witness able to testify to the existence and deployment of this squad," the magazine reported.

Krenz has gone on record as having stated that he had "some personal knowledge" of efforts by the regime of his predecessor Erich Honecker to assassinate political opponents both in East Germany and abroad.

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Krenz succeeded Honecker as East German leader for a few weeks.

Last autumn, the 53-year-old former East German leader was detained in connection with the deaths of 25 persons between 1976 and 1987. He has denied the allegations and no charges have yet been raised against him.

DPA

Subject: German news

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