Monday, September 27

Peru arrests 77 of the 94 alleged members of the Shining Path

Archive image of police officers from Peru.

Archive image of police officers from Peru.

The National Police of Peru, which are added to those arrested related to the Maoist group so far to reach 77 people, of the 94 alleged members who appear on the list of the authorities.

The general director of the PNP, Óscar Arriola, has confirmed that “17 people need to be captured to reach 94 (on the list). We have arrested six more people after the December 2 operation, among them is Alfredo Crespo. The head of the Shining Path is still the terrorist leader Abimael Guzmán and in the visible part is Crespo and other members, “according to statements issued by Channel N.

Arriola has made reference to the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), a group that would be, according to the authorities, the political and legal arm of the Maoist group and that shares “the same ideological principles as Sendero: reaching power through the use of terror”.

However, “there is also other research that they will try to capture other detainees more according to the last thing we handle, “Arriola has detailed.

The police officer has stressed that they have audiovisual material and graphic evidence, including audios in which “all the senderista doctrine is expressed”, which would confirm the affiliation of the detainees with the criminal organization.

On December 2, the PNP arrested 72 people, who have already been referred to the Prosecutor’s Office for the corresponding investigations in the framework of “Operation Olimpo”, in which the creation of clandestine bases of the Shining Path in Lima and Callao.

Two days later, Alfredo Crespo, one of the main leaders of Movadef and Guzmán’s lawyer, was arrested.

Crespo, who had already been arrested in 2014 in the framework of the Perseo operation – also for crimes of terrorism and terrorist financing with money that came from drug trafficking – is being investigated, along with 93 other people, for alleged crimes terrorism linked to the Shining Path.

Shining Path is a Marxist and Maoist terrorist group that had its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s in the Andean country, created with the aim of taking over the State. It is attributed the death of about 31,000 civilians and military.

Guzmán, known as ‘Chairman Gonzalo’ during his days of armed struggle, was its creator and leader, and he was arrested almost three decades ago. He has been sentenced to two life sentences for various crimes of terrorism and targeted killings since 2006.

According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru, between 1980 and 2000 there were around 69,000 deaths caused by the armed conflict in the country, especially affecting rural regions and Quechua populations in the Andean areas.

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