Poland's Gen. Jaruzelski, 90, suffers a stroke

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Posted: May 13, 2014 10:05 AM
Poland's Gen. Jaruzelski, 90, suffers a stroke

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A hospital spokesman says that Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has suffered a stroke and is in serious but stable condition.

Col. Grzegorz Kade, spokesman for Warsaw's Military Medical Institute, said Tuesday that the 90-year-old Jaruzelski was already hospitalized when he was diagnosed with stroke symptoms on Sunday. Kade said Jaruzelski has been moved to the intensive care unit and is conscious.

Jaruzelski has been repeatedly hospitalized in recent years with serious health problems including pneumonia and cancer, for which he had chemotherapy.

He has been declared unfit to stand trial over his decision to impose martial law in 1981 against the Solidarity freedom movement, and over his role in the shooting deaths of protesting workers in 1970.