Willi Stoph, 84, a former East German premier who was...

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April 20, 1999

Willi Stoph, 84, a former East German premier who was dropped as a defendant in a manslaughter trial for killings at the Berlin Wall because of illness, died April 13 in Berlin after a long illness, Hanno Harnisch of the Party of Democratic Socialism, which succeeded the East German Communist party, said yesterday. Mr. Stoph moved up in East Germany's Politburo hierarchy to become premier in 1970. As East Germany's communist rulers faced growing pressure for reform from a peaceful, popular uprising, Mr. Stoph was ousted Nov. 7, 1989, with East German leader Erich Honecker. Two days later, the Berlin Wall was opened.

Mr. Stoph went on trial in Berlin on Nov. 13, 1992, charged with 13 counts of manslaughter in the killings of people trying to escape East Germany. He was dropped from the case in August 1993.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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