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The verdict is the latest effort by democratic Poland to hold communist-era officials accountable for abuses during their rule.

The Warsaw Provincial Court found retired Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak guilty on charges of membership in an armed criminal group that illegally declared the clampdown and violated the freedom of many Poles. The 86-year-old Kiszczak was absent from court.

The reading of the verdict was delayed by 90 minutes when a group of unruly activists with pictures of martial law victims and chants of "Murderer" filled the courtroom before the session.

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