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Honecker Hospitalized For Treatment in Chile

September 17, 1993

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ Former East German leader Erich Honecker was released Thursday from a clinic after 24 hours of tests related to his liver cancer, and his condition was ″reasonably good,″ doctors said.

Honecker, 81, was charged in the fatal shootings of East Germans at the Berlin Wall who were trying to flee to the West. But he was excused from standing trial in January after doctors said he had only six months to live.

In Berlin, a judge convicted three elderly former Communist leaders Thursday in the shooting deaths of East Germans trying to scale the Berlin Wall. It was the first time that top figures in the former Communist regime were found guilty in deaths at the Berlin Wall. At least eight border guards have already been convicted.

Honecker left the Las Condes Clinic through a side door to avoid reporters and drove away with his wife, Margot, in a car driven by his daughter, Sonja. He had been admitted late Wednesday.

Clinic director Dr. Pedro Cubillos released a statement saying Honecker underwent ″some treatments ordered by his physician.″ Cubillos did not say what those treatments were.

Three of the Communist leader’s former top aides were convicted Thursday for allowing the fatal shootings at the wall.

Since January, Honecker has lived in Chile with his wife near his daughter’s home in Santiago. Friends say he has followed the trial closely through newspapers and taped television newscasts he receives regularly from Germany.

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