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Police Carry Out Nationwide Searches For Neo-Nazis

March 2, 1988

STUTTGART, West Germany (AP) _ Police today searched more than 80 homes of suspected neo-Nazis and made some arrests in a crackdown on extreme rightist groups, officials said.

The searches were conducted in about 60 towns and cities across the country, said police in the state of Baden-Wuerttemburg.

A police official in Stuttgart, where federal authorities coordinated the searches with state and local police, said there had been ″some arrests,″ but he declined to be more specific.

The official, citing department policy, spoke on condition he not be identified.

The searches apparently were carried out in conjunction with the release from prison of Michael Kuehnen, a prominent neo-Nazi.

Kuehnen was was freed today from Butzbach prison near Frankfurt after completing a 3 1/2 -year sentence for distributing banned right-wing extremist propaganda, a spokesman for the Frankfurt Prosecutors office said.

″He was kept in prison up to the last minute possible,″ the spokesman, Jochen Schroers, said in a telephone interview.

Kuehnen, a former West German army lieutenant, headed an illegal right-wing extremist group called ″Action Front of National Socialists-National Activists.″

The group was banned by the West German Interior Ministry on Dec. 7, 1983 for advocating violence against leftists and foreigners and for promoting Nazi ideology.

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