WORLD : Honecker Has Tumor Removed

From Times Wire Services

Former East German leader Erich Honecker underwent a successful operation for a malignant kidney tumor today, the official East German news agency ADN reported.

Doctors had said Honecker, under investigation on charges of profiteering and abuses of power during his 18 years as East Germany's hard-line Communist leader, had been too ill to be jailed and he was released from house arrest last week. It was not immediately clear whether Honecker, 77, would be jailed after his recuperation.

ADN, quoting a Health Ministry spokesman, said, "The tumor was radically removed. The operation was carried out successfully."

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