Polish appeals court upholds 2-year suspended prison term for an author of 1981 martial law

A Polish court has rejected an appeal and upheld a two-year suspended prison term for a retired general who was one of the communist-era authors of the 1981-83 martial law.

The Appeals Court on Monday rejected Czeslaw Kiszczak's appeal of a lower court's suspended prison term verdict in 2012 for his role in imposing military rule in Poland that was intended to crush the Solidarity freedom movement. Solidarity prevailed and eventually ousted the communists.

The court found no failings with the 2012 verdict and said that martial law was against Poland's constitution of the time. Kiszczak has no more right of appeal.

The 89-year-old Kiszczak wasn't in court Monday, citing poor health.

The main martial law author, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, died last year while his trial was still underway.