West Germán Freed by Basques, Tells of Captivíty
By DAVID BINDER
Special to The New York Times
BONN, Dec. 25 — Eugen Beihl, an honorary West Germán cónsul in Spain, was freed today by the Basque separatists who kidnapped him 25 days ago. He arrived in Wiesbaden and told the nation on West Germán televisión about his ordeal in the hands of armed, masked men. His reléase came a day before a verdict is expected in Burgos, Spain, in the court-martial of 15 Basques on charges of murder and terrorism. Mr. Beihl was abducted by a faction of the Basque guerrilla organization,
ETA, as a hostage for the lives of the 15. Six death sentences havebeen asked.There was no indication that the kidnappers had received any special assurances about the verdict. Mr. Beihl, 62 years old, looked tired and dis
BASQUES´ CAPTIVE TELLS OF ORDEAL
appearance. He said he was given a signal of his impending reléase about 7:30 A.M. when a number of armed Basques entered his room at an undisclosed location in northern Spain. He is honorary cónsul in San Sebastián, a port city in the south, where he has lived for almost three decades.
Mr. Beihl said he had been interviewed by a French repórter, Jean Gerard Maingot, before his reléase and had been overjoyed to see a face after more than three weeks of dealing with masked men.
According to his account, Mr. Beihl was driven a long distance blindfolded, then transferred to another car before the reléase. He said he had spent a good deal of the time with Basques armed with pistols and had been given "elabórate instructions" on how to behave after he was freed.
Two More Hostages
To insure his safe arrival in West Germany, Switzerland or Belgium, he said, the Basques were holding two West Germán televisión workers, Andre Chambrun and Peter Kruse, but had promised to free them when they learned of his arrival. The televisión workers helped arrange the reléase.
Mr. Beihl sighed frequently and wiped his face with a handkerchief several times during his five-minute appearance on televisión.
He said he had been compelled to wear "special spectacles" during a long part of his automobile journey this morning and had therefore been unable to recognize much. He wears glasses.
Asked about his attitude toward the Basque movement, he replied: "I ara no enemy of the Basques. I am even their friend."
He said that in reply to the instructions given him by his captare, he had told them: "These are hard enough for me to carry out. I have suffered enough and need no more threats."
Discussing his plans, he said that he would return to Spain "as soon as possible" to be with his wife, who is Spanish, and their daughter, Lucia. He is expected to leave tomorrow after a rest at an undisclosed location in West Germany.