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Peru court gives ex-rebel leader life sentence for 1992 car bombing

/ 11:48 AM September 12, 2018

In this photo taken through a window, Abimael Guzman, founder and leader of the Shining Path guerrilla movement, arrives to court at a military base in Callao, Peru, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. On Tuesday, the historic leader of the terrorist group Shining Path will be sentenced for his role in a 1992 car bomb that killed 25 people in Lima. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru — A Peruvian court convicted and gave a second life sentence to imprisoned Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman on Tuesday for a 1992 car bombing in the capital that killed 25 people and injured 155.

The 83-year-old Guzman is already serving a life sentence for a 1983 massacre in an Andean village. The Maoist-inspired group began its fight against Peru’s government in 1980 but was badly weakened by the 1992 capture of Guzman and many of its other leaders.

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In their ruling on Tuesday, the judges sided with prosecutors’ claims that Guzman masterminded the deadly car bombing in a middle-class Lima neighborhood.

The attack was part of a wave of car bombings in Lima that came as the Shining Path focused its attacks on Peru’s capital.

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Guzman’s defense had argued that he nothing to do with the attack.

A truth commission found that between 1980 and 2000 fighting among rebel groups, the government and self-defense patrols left up 70,000 dead.  /kga

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