Frankfurt, Germany (Oct. 23)
Dr. Marx, representative in Frankfurt of the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, and Ferdinand Muehrdal, former head of the political police here, who were freed Friday after a trial on bribery charges, are in prison again, it became known today.
The two men, after their acquittal by the court and release from custody, were rearrested by the secret police and locked up in the police prison. This action was taken, the secret police declared, “in the interests of the personal safety of Marx and Muehrdal.”
The real reason for the rearrest of the two men after they had been expressly discharged from custody, however, remained unexplained.
The two men had been arrested last Spring, Dr. Marx charged with bribing Herr Muehrdal to obtain possession of documents about Nazi activities before the Hitlerites came into power, and the police official, with taking bribes. After five months in prison, the two were cleared in court on the bribery charges, but found guilty of “unlawful activities.” They were each sentenced to seven months imprisonment but were dismissed in view of the fact they had spent five months in prison.