Peru's anti-terror Intelligence Group declared democracy heroes

Presidente del Parlamento, Luis Galarreta, firmó la autógrafa de ley. Foto: ANDINA/ Congreso

13:15 | Lima, Sep. 4.

Peru's Congress Chairman Luis Galarreta on Monday inked an enrolled bill declaring Special Intelligence Group (GEIN) members democracy heroes, 25 years after they captured Shining Path terrorist leader Abimael Guzman.

"The political power must acknowledge its heroes," Galarreta said after signing the document, recently passed by a Parliament plenary session.

The event was part of commemorative activities on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Guzman's detention, a major victory in Peru's war against terrorism in the 80s and 90s.  

The activity also saw the presence of former GEIN head and current legislator Marco Miyashiro. 


Grupo Especial de Inteligencia (Special Intelligence Group) was an elite Peruvian National Police team that battled terrorism in the early 90s.

GEIN is best-known for the successful execution of operation Victoria (Victory). The operation led to the capture of Shining Path's founder Abimael Guzman (Sep 12th, 1992), who has since served a life sentence.

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 as the Tarata Bombing, as well as massive assassinations in rural Peru.


Published: 9/4/2017
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