LIMA Peru’s nationwide prosecutors workplace stated on Friday it has opened an investigation into allegations of “crimes towards humanity” related to the military’s combat towards leftist guerrillas in the 1990s, in a case involving former President Ollanta Humala.
The investigation will come as testimony from two new witnesses suggests that soldiers beneath Humala’s command at the Madre Mia navy base tortured and murdered civilians. Humala was an army officer during Peru’s bloody marketing campaign towards Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path during the 1980s and 1990s.
Humala has publicly denied the allegations.
Humala ran as a leftist but shifted to the correct during his 5-12 months expression from 2011 by means of 2016, embracing free-sector procedures and backing a legislation that made it a legal offense to deny the Shining Path’s part in a civil war that began in 1980 killed 69,000 folks.
He was replaced previous 12 months by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former financial investment banker and free-marketplaces proponent.
A previous probe into the alleged human legal rights violations was shelved in 2009 for absence of evidence. But leaked transcripts of recorded cell phone conversations released in local media in new weeks appear to recommend Humala bribed torture victims to change their testimony, which he has also denied.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino Composing by Luc Cohen Modifying by Leslie Adler)