Poland’s Gen. Jaruzelski in the Hospital

Poland’s Gen. Jaruzelski in the Hospital
# 20 February 2008 09:53 (UTC +04:00)
AP — Poland’s last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, was hospitalized with pneumonia and heart problems, a report said Tuesday.
Jaruzelski, 84, has been in a Warsaw hospital for the past week and is in serious condition, the head of his office, Grazyna Rogowska, told the Polish news agency PAP.
She said Jaruzelski could return home next week at the earliest, PAP reported. Jaruzelski’s office could not immediately be reached for confirmation.
The general, who has suffered from health problems in recent years, is a divisive figure in Poland for his decision to impose martial law on Dec. 13, 1981, to crack down on the fledgling Solidarity free trade union led by Lech Walesa.
Nearly 100 people died during the clampdown. Tens of thousands of people were arrested without charge and many held in internment camps.
The general faces trial on charges of violating the constitution by imposing martial law, as well as for the 1970 shooting deaths of striking shipyard workers when he served as defense minister. That trial began in 2001 but was suspended due to procedural issues.
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