West Berlin politician Peter Lorenz was freed by his kidnappers in the early hours of Wednesday morning (5 March) and a few hours later explained to newsmen what had happened during his six-days in the hands of the kidnappers.
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Background: West Berlin politician Peter Lorenz was freed by his kidnappers in the early hours of Wednesday morning (5 March) and a few hours later explained to newsmen what had happened during his six-days in the hands of the kidnappers.
The release drama began late on Tuesday afternoon when a former Mayor of West Berlin Heinrich Albertz returned from South Yemen to report that five anarchists freed by West German authorities had reached safety in agreement with the kidnappers' demands.
Six hours later Herr Lorenz was taken by his abductors from the basement cell where he had been held to a park in West Berlin. He was taped to a park bench but managed to free himself and telephone his wife.
As soon as they were assured that Herr Lorenz was alive the West Berlin police began a massive manhunt for his kidnappers. They narrowed down their search to eight people who they believe are the kidnappers.
The police began intensive vehicle searches and raided houses throughout West Berlin. Although they detained more than 150 people, the police say they have no concrete leads as to the whereabouts of the kidnappers.
Meanwhile Herr Lorenz faced newsmen only hours after his ordeal ended. He described the kidnapping, how he was drugged and taken to the basement cell where he was imprisoned. He said his abductors always worn masks and talked in whispers but they treated him correctly and let him read newspapers--although all news relating to the kidnapping has been removed.