Peru: Terrorist Maritza Garrido Lecca released

Foto: ANDINA/archivo Maritza Garrido Lecca

21:41 | Lima, Sep. 11.

Shining Path terror group member Maritza Garrido Lecca was released from prison on Monday night after serving a 25-year sentence for terrorism.

Garrido Lecca, 52, left Ancon II prison at 9:00 PM (local time), once authorities made sure she has no other pending criminal proceedings. 

Her impending liberation was covered by several media outlets waiting outside the prison and at the home of Garrido Lecca's mother in Lima's Miraflores district, where she is expected to settle.

Ironically, said district was hit hard by Shining Path in July 1992, when a car bomb murdered 25 people and injured over one hundred.

Garrido Lecca was captured on September 12, 1992, along with Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman, in a house in Lima's Surquillo district. The operation was led by National Police GEIN intelligence agents.

A modern dance graduate from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Garrido Lecca was part of the group hiding the Maoist-inspired-terrorism leader.

She has not expressed remorse for her actions, nor has she paid the restitution imposed by the Peruvian Judiciary.

The Inca nation's dark 1980-2000 terrorism episode is estimated to have claimed over 69,000 lives, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Much of said fatalities are attributed to Shining Path, responsible for brutal terror attacks such bombings, as well as massive assassinations in rural Peru.  


Published: 9/11/2017