A 35-year-old man jailed for arson in West Berlin has been allowed seven days' liberty -- before completing his sentence -- to campaign in a local election as a Maoist Communist party candidate.
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Background: A 35-year-old man jailed for arson in West Berlin has been allowed seven days' liberty -- before completing his sentence -- to campaign in a local election as a Maoist Communist party candidate.
He is Dieter Kunzelmann serving a 21-month sentence -- imposed in June 1972 -- for an arson attempt on a West Berlin department store.
He belongs to a Maoist Communist group called the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (K.P.D.), formed a few years ago and only last year allowed to function officially as a political party by a decision of the Constitutional Court.
The local West Berlin elections will be held on 2 March when the 2.2 million population will vote for their local parliament and 'Governing Mayor'.
Kunzelmann was due to be released on 7 March. But his release date has been moved forward to 14 March to allow for his week's parole.
The K.P.D. was the name originally used by the large communist party functioning in Germany until the Third Reich banned it. It was then revived after 1945 when pro-Moscow communists re-formed their party. But it was banned again under Conrad Adenauer's Government during the 'cold-war' period.