Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Peru News Round-Up

Piura region district attorney Sofía Milla has dropped all charges against her colleague, former DA Félix Toledo Leiva, who was accused of witnessing the torture and kidnapping of 29 anti-mining protesters in 2005, but doing nothing, daily El Comercio reported Tuesday.

Milla cleared her colleague, currently jailed in a Piura prison on charges of corruption in an unrelated case, arguing that the plaintiffs offered insufficient evidence.

But, according to the National Human Rights Coordinator, or CNDDHH, there are four photos in which Toledo can be seen in the mining camp when the torture took place, standing nearby some of the victims. And, several victims have testified that while in the camp, they told Toledo that they had been tortured.
District Attorney Cleared of All Cases in Majaz Torture Case (Peruvian Times)

A letter from the Under-Secretary General of the UN on the recruitment of underage soldiers in Peru (in Spanish and English, CNDDHH)

Vladimiro Montesinos' Trial for Corruption Resumes after Short Suspension
(Peruvian Times)

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