Honecker has no regrets

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BERLIN (Reuter) - The former East German leader, Erich Honecker, told a court the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 had prevented a third world war and said his trial for manslaughter was a travesty of justice.

Breaking months of silence, he read out a typed statement to the Berlin court where he and three associates are on trial. 'I stand by the fact that the decision of 1961 was correct and remained correct,' he said.