Court Exempts Poland's Last Communist Leader From Standing Trial

A court has exempted Poland's last communist leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski from two trials due to his ill health.

The Warsaw regional court's press office told The Associated Press on Monday that the 88-year-old retired general has been taken off the lists of defendants on trials over the 1981 imposition of martial law in Poland and over the shooting deaths of shipyard workers in 1970, when he was defense minister.

It means separate trials will have to be opened against him if he is ever to go before the court again.

Jaruzelski has undergone chemotherapy for cancer and doctors have banned him from attending court sessions.

The trials will continue for other defendants. Both trials have dragged on for years.