Charges Filed Against Captured Shining Path Chief

By Salon Staff
February 28, 2012 4:18AM (UTC)
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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian prosecutors have filed terrorism, drug trafficking and other charges against a Shining Path commander captured this month that could yield him a life sentence.

The rebel known as Comrade Artemio was transferred Monday to the same maximum security prison where Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman has been held since his 1992 capture.

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Prosecutor Marco Guzman says Artemio will go on trial in about three months.

The fanatical Shining Path waged a brutal war against the state but collapsed after Guzman's capture.

The 50-year-old Artemio led the weaker of two small Shining Path remnants that persist in coca-growing areas, living off the protection of drug traffickers. Police say his Feb. 12 capture came after he was shot by an infiltrator.


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