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Retrial for Imprisoned Leader of Peru's Shining Path Movement
10/19/2004 1:05 PM

The imprisoned leader of the Shining Path rebel group in Peru is to be re-tried.

Abimael Guzman, imprisoned in 1992 for leading an insurgency that left 69,000 people dead, was tried by a military court by hooded judges and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2003, the trial was declared unconstitutional and a retrial ordered.

The retrial set for 5 November 2004 will take place at Callao Naval Base west of Lima and is likely to stir up high emotions in Peru where memories of the bloody uprising are still fresh.

The Shining Path Movement has collapsed since then following the capture of Guzman and other top leaders though it is still considered a terror gang by a US list. 

Compiled from: Date Set for a Shining Path Retrial, BBC News, 18 October 2004.