BONN, Germany (AP) _ A 71-year-old journalism professor and a former far-right political leader and journalist were charged Friday with spying for communist East Germany's secret police.

The professor, Heinz Stuckmann, is suspected of recruiting students for the Stasi, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office said. The Cologne newspaper Express said Stuckmann's students included Germany's ambassador to Gabon, Rainer Mueller, arrested earlier in the week on espionage charges.

The prosecutor's office refused to comment on that report.

The 50-year-old journalist, identified only as Lutz K., was charged with accepting $510,000 from the Stasi for snooping on his colleagues.

The prosecutor's report said Lutz K. was a leader of the National Democratic Party, an ultra-rightist group, from 1970 to 1974 and later reported on the right wing of the conservative Christian Democratic Union.

Lutz K. last met with his handlers in December 1989, a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the report said.