Saturday, September 25

Abimael Guzmán, the founder and leader of Shining Path, dies

The founder of the terrorist band of Peru Sendero Luminoso, Abimael Guzmán, died this Saturday at the age of 86 in the maximum security prison of the Callao Naval Base due to complications in his health, as reported by the detention center.

In a statement, the Technical Committee of the Maximum Security Detention Center (CEREC) of the Callao Naval Base has made public the death, which took place at 6:40 am on Saturday. “The head of that detention center has informed the CEREC technical committee about this fact and, as appropriate, it has been communicated to the Public Ministry for the legal proceedings,” they point out from the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE). The official statement does not offer further details on the circumstances of the death.

Guzmán had deteriorated in health since July 13 and received geriatric care on the 20th of that month, as reported by the head of INPE, Susana Silva, to RPP Noticias. “They are sensitive data, it can be reported that he had a deterioration, it was not something serious, but due to the fact of age he had presented hypertension problems and generated everything so that the patient was transferred to the hospital of the naval base,” Silva explained. .

The official has specified that Guzmán received the medical discharge on August 5 and was monitored in the detention center, but that on Thursday he was again reported to be weak and was treated by another doctor.

Silva has confirmed that the protocol has been activated to corroborate the death with the Public Ministry and proceed with his transfer to the morgue where the causes of death will be determined.

The death occurs a day before the 29th anniversary of Guzmán’s arrest in Lima with the leadership of Sendero, a terrorist organization indicated as responsible for most of the 69,000 deaths that they left in Peru between 1980 and 2000. terrorist attacks and state repression.



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