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Black-Hooded Justice in Peru

Black-Hooded Justice in Peru THE 'trial' and verdict of Abimael Guzman in Peru represents the trampling of internationally established treaties and conventions governing the treatment of political prisoners. The 'triaT took place at break-neck speed, without the opportunity to call witnesses or present a defence. Guzman was denied the right to consult his attorney, Alfredo Crespo. All press and observers were banned and an international delegation of attorneys refused admittance. The faces of the judges and prosecutors were hidden behind black hoods. The 'trial' and verdict are and must be considered null and void! From the day of the arrest of Guzman on September I2, the Fujimori dictatorship has had only one concern: to permanently silence the leader of the 12-year insurgency as quickly as possible. Initially Fujimori had threatened to impose the death penalty on Guzman, though it is banned by the Peruvian Constitution. In the face of widespread opposition in Peru and worldwide, Fujimori has abandoned ideas of an official execution, but there is still every reason to fear an extra legal execution under the cover of 'escape attempt', 'suicide', or 'death by natural causes'. The notorious record of the Peruvian regime for murdering political prisoners is well known and well-documented, from the massacre of hundreds of prisoners at EI Fronton prison in 3986 to the cold-blooded murder of more than 40 women and men, unarmed prisoners at the Canto Grande prison, as recently as May of this year. International public opinion must help stop the hand of the Peruvian regime from adding Guzman to their endless list of murdered political prisoners.

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