Poland's Walesa breaks a leg leaving church

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Posted: Dec 10, 2014 10:29 AM
Poland's Walesa breaks a leg leaving church

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former democracy leader Lech Walesa has broken his leg — and landed in a hospital where a fellow patient is a communist-era official involved in directing the 1981 crackdown that put Walesa in jail.

Walesa, 71, the founder of the Solidarity trade union and a former president of Poland, broke his right leg on Tuesday while leaving a church in his hometown of Gdansk.

A photo he posted on his blog shows Walesa in his hospital bed with his broken leg raised and in a cast.

Polish media on Wednesday highlighted the irony of him being in the same Gdansk hospital as Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak, who as interior minister in 1981 played a key role in imposing martial law.

The hospital's doctors are examining Kiszczak, 89, to determine whether he is strong enough to stand trial for his role in communist-era repressions. Kiszczak has said that he is too sick to appear in court, but tabloids have shown photos of him this year vacationing and apparently in decent form.