BONN (Apr. 28)
Adolf Von Thadden, chairman of the ultra right-wing National Democratic Party (NPD), told a party planning session in Nuremburg that 15 to 20 West German Army officers will run for election to the Bundestag (lower house) on the NPD ticket, in next September’s national elections. He said the party planned to spend $2.5 million on election campaigning and would print 15 million copies of election pamphlets for national distribution. Mr. Von Thadden said he planned to address over 100 campaign meetings, starting next Aug. 28.
The Cabinet’s decision to propose legislation to abolish the statute of limitations on war crimes prosecutions ran into trouble in the Bundestag today. Wolfgang Mischnick, vice chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party, and its parliamentary leader, declared that his party will oppose abolition and try to bring the statute into effect on Dec. 31 as scheduled. Allied with the Free Democrats are the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian wing of Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger’s Christian Democratic Union, and some members of the CDU. The Chancellor hopes to work within his party for support for the Government’s decision. Observers here said it seemed doubtful that he could rally the necessary backing.