Trepper Expects Decision Soon

Leopold Trepper, the former World War II Soviet spy network chief who cannot leave Poland, says he expects the Polish government to decide his case by Feb. 15.

In a telephone conversation here with his eldest son, Michael Brodje, the 68-year-old Trepper said that a meeting of world-wide Trepper defense committees will be held in London next March to explore new ways of supporting him. The ailing Trepper also told his son that he was now back home, after having refused hospitalization in Warsaw.

Trepper’s youngest son, Edgar Brodje, now living in Jerusalem, called his brother this week to say he may go on a hunger strike for his father’s freedom. In a related development, 36 members of the British Parliament are reportedly appealing to the Polish Embassy in London on Trepper’s behalf.

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