Peru: Outrage over death squad decision
Peru: Outrage over death squad decisionPeruvians hit the streets in opposition to a controversial Supreme Court ruling.
People holding a banner that reads: "Remember 20 years of murder" protest against a supreme court's decision to reduce the sentences of members of militant group "Grupo Colina", in front of the Justice Palace in Lima, July 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Mariana Bazo)
Last week the Peruvian Supreme Court announced a decision to reduce sentences for Colina death squad members who were involved in killings during the 1990s under the government of Alberto Fujimori. The Friday hearing dealt with 25 of these killings, including the slaying of an 8-year-old boy. Vladimiro Montesinos, 67, who ran the Colina death squad, had his sentence cut from 25 to 20 years.
Peruvians have reacted with widespread anger and are voicing their opposition in the streets of Lima. In this video victims' family members speak out against impunity. One woman interviewed said: "[The judge] says that it is not crime against humanity. But what about my son? He was eight years old and they shot him with seven bullets in his body and one in his face."