May 27, 2010 |
Lori Berenson, an American who has spent more than 14 years in Peruvian prisons on terrorism charges, is expected to be released on parole as early as Thursday, the national prisons institute said Wednesday. The announcement followed a court ruling Tuesday granting Berenson's request for parole. Judge Jessica Leon ordered her to remain in Peru until 2015, when her sentence ends. "I'm very happy. I am going to have three glasses of wine," her father, Mark Berenson, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
February 24, 2010 |
Outside of South America, the War of the Pacific (1879-84) is largely remembered today as a nasty but minor dispute, pitting Chile against Bolivia and Peru in a fight over mineral-rich territory and maritime access. But for the countries involved, the war remains a political and psychological open wound that continues to fester. "It's sort of a scar in our national history," says Guillermo Calderón, 39, a Chilean native whose play "Diciembre" (December) opens a run of four performances Wednesday night at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.
March 25, 2008 |
Shining Path rebels working with drug traffickers killed one police officer and wounded 11 on an anti-drug patrol in Peru's coca-producing Apurimac River valley, a police chief said. A female officer, 21, died of a gunshot to the head Sunday, Gen. Miguel Hidalgo, chief of Peru's anti-drug police, told the Canal 7 news program. Police have been attacked frequently since a group stormed a police station near a drug-trafficking route in Apurimac in November, killing a police lieutenant.
February 21, 2006 |
Peruvian police killed a Shining Path leader during a weekend raid on a rebel stronghold in the country's central jungle. Hector Aponte, known as Comrade Clay, headed the Maoist group's rebel operations in the remote Alto Huallaga region and was killed Sunday in a police assault that lasted several hours, the interior minister said. The raid followed an attack on police last week in Alto Huallaga that killed two officers.
November 16, 2004 |
Peru's retrial of Shining Path rebel leader Abimael Guzman collapsed after two of the three judges pulled out, citing previous rulings that could cast doubt on their impartiality. The case will have to start again from scratch. The case was annulled after Judge Jose de Vinatea recused himself, saying he had represented accused terrorists in court previously. Another judge, Carlos Manrique, stepped down Friday.
November 13, 2004 |
Abimael Guzman, the founder of the Shining Path guerrilla movement, took his seat quietly in the courtroom Friday morning. Ninety minutes later, he stood up, turned to look at the press gallery and gave a broad, satisfied smile. The man who preached chaos as a means to his revolutionary end had once again seen his trial on charges of "terrorist crimes against the public tranquillity" descend into farcical disorder. One member of the three-judge panel overseeing his case suddenly quit.