The Congress of Peru has approved this Friday a bill that authorizes prosecutors to “determine the final destination” of the bodies of prisoners convicted of terrorism who die in prison, after less than a week has passed since the death of the historic leader of the Maoist guerilla Shining Path, Abimael Guzman.
«In the case of the corpse of an inmate who had been serving a sentence with a final sentence for the crimes of treason or terrorism, in his capacity as leader, ringleader or member of the leadership of terrorist organizations, whose delivery, transfer, burial or burial puts national security or internal order at risk, the competent prosecutor, in a reasoned and unchallenged decision, orders his cremation, after a necropsy, “says the approved text.
It also points out that “the health authority, in coordination with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the Ministry of the Interior, executes the provisions within a maximum period of 24 hours.” “The cremation is carried out in the presence of a representative of the Public Ministry, for identification purposes, who lifts the corresponding act,” he adds.
On the other hand, the document states that “the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights has the dispersion of the cremated remains in a time and place of a reserved nature.” The vote resulted in 70 votes in favor, 32 against and fourteen abstentions.
Dispute over the leader’s body
The death of the guerrilla leader has sparked debate in Peru about the fate of his mortal remains, with a large part of the political spectrum demanding that they be cremated.
However, the Prosecutor’s Office has rejected the widow’s request for the body of Guzmán to be handed over to her, died on September 10 at 86 years of age after a deterioration in his health attributed to his refusal to eat food since July 13.
Guzmán, also known as ‘Comrade Gonzalo‘was the leader of the Shining Path guerrilla, active in Peru mainly in the 1980s and 1990s. On September 12, 1992, the Special Intelligence Group (GEIN) carried out Operation Victoria, which captured Guzmán in a house in Lima. and several of his followers, including his wife.
Following his arrest, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court. However, the Constitutional Court annulled the sentence and ordered a new civil trial. Finally, in 2006 he was sentenced to the same penalty for the crime of terrorism against the State.