Wednesday, August 17

Abimael Guzmán: Peru’s Congress gives the green light to the cremation of corpses of terrorist leaders, but the debate continues on what to do with that of the former commander of the Shining Path

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Abimael Guzmán died in prison at the age of 86.

A new chapter opens in Peru with the modification of a law that would open the way to allow the cremation of the remains of the founder of the Maoist guerrilla Shining Path, Abimael Guzmán, who died last Saturday in prison.

After being approved with 71 votes in favor in the first vote and 81 in the second, the project must now be definitively sanctioned by the president, Pedro Castillo, within a period of no more than 15 days.

Less than a week has passed since Guzmán’s death and it is still unclear what will happen to his remains, which for now remain in the custody of the Public Ministry in the El Callao morgue.

Guzman passed away at 86 years old of a bilateral pneumonia in the prison of the Naval Base of El Callao, the maximum security prison where he had been serving a sentence for 29 years for crimes of terrorism.

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