September 30, 2001 |
The former field marshal of Peru's war against terrorism awaits trial today in the very prison he designed for his foes. Accused of everything from commanding death squads to running guns to guerrillas, former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos sits in the fortified naval prison where he once had Frank Sinatra tunes played for the conjugal visits of Abimael Guzman, guru of the Sendero Luminoso guerrillas, in a psychological campaign to win Guzman over.
June 21, 2001 |
An anti-terrorist court Wednesday convicted Lori Berenson, a 31-year-old American, of collaborating with Peruvian guerrillas and sentenced her to 20 years in prison. Announcing the verdict after a three-month trial, a panel of three judges concluded that Berenson collaborated with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, or MRTA, a leftist group with a history of kidnappings and armed attacks on targets here that included U.S. diplomats.
April 21, 2001 |
A convicted guerrilla leader testified that Lori Berenson, an American on trial on terrorism charges, knew nothing about his rebel group's plot to take over Peru's Congress. Miguel Rincon testified Thursday in Lima, the capital, during Berenson's civilian trial on charges of aiding the plan by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. Rincon said the rebels deceived Berenson into renting a house where the raid was planned.
March 21, 2001 |
An American convicted five years ago of helping plot a terrorist attack used her first appearance in open court Tuesday to proclaim her innocence. Lori Berenson heard a three-hour reading of charges accusing her of helping leftist guerrillas plot a thwarted takeover of Congress. Berenson, 31, stood in a cell in court--a common practice in terrorism cases--flanked by two guards.
November 29, 1997 |
The government, under increasing international pressure to clear its prisons of innocent people, on Friday freed 83 inmates jailed unjustly for terrorism during the state's war on leftist guerrillas. The releases, authorized in a decree published in the official daily El Peruano, brought to more than 311 the number of falsely convicted prisoners who have been freed by President Alberto Fujimori's government since 1996.
May 16, 1997 |
Guerrillas of Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, set off a powerful car bomb that blew off the front of a police station outside Lima, the capital, wounding 25 people, including eight police officers. The attack appeared to be an effort by the Maoist group to re-establish its reputation as the most feared rebel group in Peru, following a four-month hostage crisis led by the smaller Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.