CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1986 |
On the face of it, the call that attorney Jorge Santistevan took Friday morning did not require any special legal expertise. The caller simply needed to know how to serve papers on a defendant in a civil lawsuit--a procedure undertaken by San Diego lawyers on innumerable occasions every day. But the twist that made the inquiry unusual was that the caller represented a San Diego company and the defendant was in Guadalajara, Mexico.
April 25, 1997 |
When soldiers die in defense of their nation, heroes are born. Lt. Col. Juan Valer Sandoval, who was buried with military honors Thursday, had a premonition of his imminent death. As the commander of a team of Peruvian army commandos awaited the order to attack the barricaded mansion where leftist rebels held 72 hostages, he wrote a farewell letter to his men.
April 14, 2000 |
On the morning after protesters took to the streets in an impressive defense of democracy, Peruvians prepared Thursday for the biggest showdown of President Alberto Fujimori's 10 years in power: a runoff election pitting him against challenger Alejandro Toledo. Peru awoke to a new reality, a sense of history in the making.
November 25, 1990 |
From their shabby camp on this arid hillside, Guatemalan refugees can see the green hills of their homeland. For eight years their dream of returning has been nurtured like an ember. The dream has helped them survive the precarious life of the camps and memories of the terror that drove them here. But year after year, the political violence of their homeland has eroded the dream. They have been here so long that the Mexican government has offered them permanent settlements.
October 20, 1996 |
Peru's mysterious, hooded anti-terrorism judges have put thousands of people behind bars, some of them innocent. Finally, after years of complaints, the government is taking an interest in freeing those who committed no wrong. But the way it's being done--by pardoning their "crimes"--has added to the bitterness. For many, the pardons are a way of correcting a lingering legacy of Peru's 16 years of political violence in which more than 30,000 people have been killed.
October 24, 2000 |
Former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos returned unexpectedly to Peru on Monday from exile in Panama, in a move that caused the resignation of the vice president and worsened fears that the military wants to abort democratic reforms. The latest political turmoil intensified demands that an increasingly beleaguered President Alberto Fujimori resign. It flared up as the result of a typically secretive, late-night gambit by Montesinos, who fled to Panama on Sept.