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Friday, August 1

Peruvian government wants to link Fujirmori to death squads

Fujimori extradition case revisits Peru's bloody crackdown on guerrillas: "Luis Vargas Valdivia, a special state attorney in the Fujimori case, said that months before the Barrios Altos massacre, Fujimori commended soldiers later accused of belonging to the Colina Group for their actions in the war against the Shining Path insurgency. In 1995, the Fujimori-controlled Congress approved a controversial amnesty law to protect military officers from prosecution for human rights abuses. Although the amnesty covered human rights violations committed since the beginning of the insurgency in 1980, critics argued that the real intent was to free 11 Colina Group members convicted for the La Cantuta killings. " MSNBC / AP To understand what the core of the Peruvian government's extradition petition is, you need to know about the Colina intelligence unit that carried out at least two bloody killings in Lima in the early 1990s. Fujimori has maintained that this was a rogue group within security forces and he had no knowledge of it. But this same rogue group was covered by an amnesty law to protect military officers from prosecution for human rights abuses.



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