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Tuesday, 17 February, 1998, 17:16 GMT
Honecker's yacht to be auctioned

Reports from Denmark say the yacht belonging to the late East German leader, Erich Honecker, is to be put up for auction following the failure of its Malta-based owner to pay harbour costs.

The sixty-one metre yacht -- equipped with electronic bugs and bullet-proof windows, and built to withstand poison gas attacks -- has been docked in Copenhagen harbour since 1990, incurring costs of more than fourteen-thousand dollars.

It was first sold as part of the privatisation programme introduced after German re-unification.

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