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Honecker Freed; Court Says He’s Too Ill for Jail

<i> Reuters</i>

Former East German Communist leader Erich Honecker was released from detention Tuesday after a court ruled he is too ill to be held.

Honecker, 77, still faces a trial for treason and corruption in March.

Honecker, was released from the official ADN news agency said.

The former hard-line leader, who is recovering from cancer surgery, was detained and whisked to the Rummelsburg detention center when he left a hospital Monday. However, the East Berlin city court said Tuesday that he is too ill “at the moment” to be held.

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Honecker, who ruled East Germany for two decades, was ousted by popular protests last October.


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