Former East German leader Erich Honecker said Monday that he is not guilty of personally issuing shoot-to-kill orders at the Berlin Wall, the ADN news agency quoted his lawyer as saying.

Attorney Wolfgang Ziegler said the ousted Communist Party boss contends he is not guilty according to criminal codes that existed when he was ruling what was then East Germany, the agency reported.Ziegler said it was important to determine whether Honecker violated firearms laws of former East Germany, what the laws said, and how they fit in with the current penal code in effect in a united Germany.

Earlier Monday, Soviet military doctors ordered Honecker into a cardiology unit at the Red Army hospital, German radio reported.