BONN — An economist suspected of spying for the Communists left for East Germany today, ending a six-day standoff over an on-again off-again defection, after West Germany dropped an inquiry into his activities and revoked an arrest warrant.
Herbert Meissner, 59, asked to go back to East Germany and was allowed to return, said Ludwig Rehlinger, the No. 3 official in the Intra-German Relations Ministry.
Meissner's departure ended the diplomatic showdown that began when he fled to the East German mission in Bonn last Tuesday while West German authorities sought his arrest on espionage charges.
Meissner is the deputy chairman of the East German Academy of Sciences in East Berlin.
Chief Federal Prosecutor Kurt Rebmann said last week that Meissner had admitted to spying in West Germany since at least 1980.