Archive for December, 2007

Peru replaces national police director

President Alan García swore in the new director of Peru’s national police today. Gen. Octavio Salazar replaces Gen. David Rodríguez amid a growing drug trade connected to remnants of Shining Path guerrillas. Before his promotion, Salazar was the head of Lima’s Seventh Police Division. During the ceremony, García stressed the […]

by · December 31, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Crime, Politics

Survivor of Barrios Altos massacre testifies at Fujimori trial

The only survivor of the Barrios Altos massacre testified today at the human rights trial of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori. Tomás Livia Ortega was paralyzed when the Colina group death squad killed 15 people, including his wife, during a barbecue in a tenement in Lima’s Barrios Altos district in 1991. […]

by · December 29, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Crime

Peru ex-President included in Italian arrest warrant

An Italian judge has issued an arrest warrant for Peru’s former president, General Francisco Morales-Bermúdez, for the disappearance of 25 Italian citizens in the 1970s. The warrant was issued by Judge Luisianna Figliolia on Monday. Peru’s ex-Prime Minister Pedro Richter Prada is also included. According to Radio Programas radio, the […]

by · December 28, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Crime, Human Rights

Peru police seize 1,760 pounds of coca leaves

Peru police have reportedly seized 800 kilograms, or about 1,760 pounds, of coca leaves in La Convención province, in Cusco department. According to Agencia Andina, the leaves were confiscated during operations along the highway between Cusco and Quillabamba between Dec. 23 and Dec. 26. Police allegedly found the leaves hidden […]

by · December 27, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Coca/Cocaine