LIMA, Peru — Peruvian Prime Minister Alfonso Bustamante has resigned over a human rights controversy, government sources said Wednesday.
Bustamante quit over enactment of a law last week that sent a sensitive human rights case to the military court, the sources said.
The case involved 11 army officers accused of killing nine students and a professor from La Cantuta University.
The officers allegedly abducted the 10 people from the army-occupied teachers college campus on July 17, 1992, and executed them hours later at a police firing range east of Lima. The bodies were buried there and at a dump site.
Officials said Wednesday that a military prosecutor has sought prison terms of four to 20 years for nine of the 11 defendants.
A spokesman for the Supreme Council of Military Justice said that Col. Raul Talledo requested the sentences Tuesday.
The officers initially were charged in a civilian court. But last week, Peru's Congress and President Alberto Fujimori changed the law on jurisdictional disputes to allow the Supreme Court to send the case to a closed military tribunal.
Sources close to Bustamante said Wednesday that he resigned after disagreeing with that law, widely criticized as interference in the autonomy of the civilian judiciary.