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Prime Minister: Terrorism history must not repeat itself in Peru


11:12 | Lima, Sep. 12.

Peruvian Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva affirmed the life sentence on Shining Path terrorist group leaders must ensure the population never forgets the years of terror the Inca country had gone through.

"(…) This history must not repeat itself ever again," the high-ranking official expressed via Twitter. 

"No more terrorism," he added. 

After 26 years, a Peruvian court —last Tuesday— sentenced Abimael Guzman and other Shining path leaders to life imprisonment over the Tarata Street bombing case. The attack took place in Lima's residential Miraflores district back in 1992 and claimed the lives of 25 people.

Abimael Guzman, Elena Yparraguire, Maria Pantoja, Oscar Ramirez Durand, Osman Morote Barrionuevo, Margot Liendo Gil, Florindo Flores Hala, Laura Zambrano Padilla, Edmundo Cox Beuzeville, and Florentino Cerron Cardoso were found guilty.

It must be noted Moises Limaco Huayascachi remains a fugitive from justice, whereas Elizabeth Cardenas Huayta was acquitted of the charges.

The guilty ones will have to pay S/6 million (US$1.8 million) in reparations to the Peruvian State and the bombing victims.

As is known, 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)

Guzman was captured on September 12th, 1992, marking the defeat of Shining Path —the most bloodthirsty and cruel terrorist group the country has ever seen.

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Published: 9/12/2018