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Suspended sentence for Pole in martial law case

Suspended sentence for Pole in martial law case

A Polish court has handed a two-year suspended prison term to a communist-era interior minister for his role in implementing martial law in Poland in 1981.
The Warsaw Provincial Court on Thursday found retired Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak guilty on charges of membership in an armed criminal group that illegally declared the clampdown and violated the freedom of many Poles.
Kiszczak was absent from court.
Poland's communist authorities, led by Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, imposed martial law on Dec. 13, 1981, in an attempt to crush the nationwide Solidarity freedom movement. Thousands of Solidarity activists were imprisoned. Some 100 people lost their lives, among them nine miners who protested the clampdown.
Jaruzelski argues he prevented Soviet intervention.


Updated : 2021-10-23 07:06 GMT+08:00