Peru demolishes mausoleum holding dead Shining Path rebels
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities on Saturday demolished a mausoleum holding eight Shining Path rebels killed during prison massacres more than three decades ago and relocated their remains to a cemetery in a northern part of Lima.
More than 50 police officers and dozens of workers from the cemetery in the Comas district of Peru's capital participated in the operation, said prosecutor Javier Zapata. The remains of the Maoist rebels will be buried in separate niches.
Peru court gives ex-rebel leader life sentence for car bomb
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian court convicted and gave a second life sentence to imprisoned Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman on Tuesday for a 1992 car bombing in the capital that killed 25 people and injured 155.
The 83-year-old Guzman is already serving a life sentence for a 1983 massacre in an Andean village. The Maoist-inspired group began its fight against Peru's government in 1980 but was badly weakened by the 1992 capture of Guzman and many of its other leaders.
AP PHOTOS: Families of Peru’s disappeared hope for answers
AYACUCHO, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvian families who have spent decades wondering about loved ones who disappeared during years of bloody conflict between the state and Maoist guerrillas have new hopes for getting the closure they have been searching for.
The skeletal remains of 14 people were recently turned over to loved ones under an innovative new law that authorities hope will speed up what has long been a lengthy and burdensome process to identify those killed in the conflict.
Thousands protest pardoning of Peru’s former president
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets on Monday to protest the pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori, with many calling it part of a backroom deal struck to protect the current president from impeachment on corruption charges.
Peru’s president grants medical pardon for jailed Fujimori
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's president announced Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski released a statement on Christmas Eve saying he decided to free Fujimori for "humanitarian reasons," citing doctors who had determined the ex-leader suffers from incurable and degenerative problems.
Ballerina who hid Peru’s insurgent leader freed from jail
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A ballerina from a wealthy Peruvian family who gave shelter to the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency has been freed after completing a 25-year sentence.
Maritza Garrido's improbable double life as a recruit for the Marxist rebels inspired a best-selling book and Hollywood film, but she is largely disdained by her countrymen.
CHICAGO (AP) — A 10-year prison sentence has been handed a man who sold military equipment to an undercover agent who said he pass it on to terrorists.
According to prosecutors, 50-year-old Guan Ying Li of Hong Kong offered and ultimately sold weapons to the alleged buyer, who told of plans to pass it along to The Shining Path in Peru.
Shining Path leader to be tried in 1992 deaths of 25 in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Imprisoned Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman is being tried for a 1992 car bombing in Peru's capital that killed 25 people and injured 155.
The 82-year-old Guzman is already serving a life sentence for the killing of 69 people in the Andean village of Santiago de Lucanamarca in 1983. The Maoist-inspired group began its fight against Peru's government in 1980 but was badly weakened by the 1992 capture of Guzman and many of its other leaders.
US government sanctions Peruvian rebels for terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government sanctioned three leaders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla movement Tuesday, saying they "actively engaged in terrorism" as part of their mission to overthrow the Peruvian government.