Network of PLO Terrorists in West Germany is Uncovered
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Network of PLO Terrorists in West Germany is Uncovered

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Details of activities of a network of German PLO sympathizers have come ## the arrest last month in Hamburg of Udo Albrecht, 36, a right-wing extremist who is also a PLO “General.” According to unconfirmed reports, Albrecht met a representative of PLO chief Yasir Arafat in Zurich a day before his arrest and received $1.2 million for PLO arms purchases. When arrested he had 80,000 Swiss France on him and a bank withdrawal receipt for a further 14,000 France.

Albrecht allegedly masterminded a recent bank robbery and gave $10,000 in stolen currency to the PLO. He is also said to have recruited 520 Germans, including 60 women, for PLO training for attacks on Israel. Albrecht is being held in solitary confinement in a prison near Bonn on charges of illegal possession of weapons and membership in a criminal organization.

At the time of his arrest he was carrying a machinegun, several pistols, a hand grenade, several PLO identity cards, forged passports and cover names and telephone numbers for use in Beirut, Tripoli and Cairo. Details of Albrecht’s activities are said to have been supplied by three of his agents who were arrested in Yugoslavia en route from Beirut to Germany to secure the release of German terrorists held in prisons.

Albrecht was born in East Germany. In 1967 he joined the “Freikorps (Volunteer Corps) Adolf Hitler” which together with an affiliated group, the “Freikorps Arabian,” seeks the destruction of Israel.

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