Honecker 'to leave tomorrow'

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The Independent Online
MOSCOW (AP) - The Former East German leader, Erich Honecker, wanted in Germany on manslaughter charges, will leave his refuge in Russia tomorrow and return to Germany by 1 August, Moscow radio said, quoting an official of the Chilean embassy here. Mr Honecker and his wife, Margot, took refuge in the embassy in December.

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that they would leave 'in the nearest future', but refused to say how, when or where they would go, or give any other details.

The departure of Mr Honecker is likely to pave the way for smoother relations between Russia and Germany.