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Peru to restart trial of Shining Path leader

September 2, 2005

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) – Peru will restart the trial of
imprisoned Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman, who led one of
Latin America’s most brutal insurgencies in the 1980s and early
1990s, after proceedings broke down last year, a judge said on
Friday.

“The trial will begin at 1000 a.m. (1500 GMT) on September
26 in the (Callao) naval base,” Pablo Talavera, president of
Peru’s National Terrorism court, told Reuters.

Guzman, 70, was captured and jailed for life in 1992 but
his sentence by a military court under the draconian
anti-terrorism laws of former President Alberto Fujimori was
later overturned and a civilian retrial was ordered.

The retrial collapsed in November after two of the three
judges pulled out citing previous rulings that could have cast
doubt on their impartiality.




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