The leaders of the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), which calls for the release of the founder of the Shining Path armed group, Abimael Guzmán, were acquitted today of the crime of apology to terrorism by a Peruvian judicial chamber.
The referee E of the National Criminal Chamber of the Judiciary decided today to acquit Alfredo Crespo, lawyer Guzman, Alberto Mego, Oswaldo Esquivel and Manuel Fajardo, who died last June in Lima, according to the portal of the newspaper El Comercio.
Prosecutor Jesús Prado denounced the Movadef leaders for having described Guzmán as "the greatest intellectual, philosopher, Marxist, Leninist, Maoist of our time" in a publication of the "Marxist Leninist Journal Maoist General Amnesty" on September 25 of 2010
The criminal chamber considered that expressions can not be criminalized, even if they are of a criticizable content, because they do not have criminal relevance.
Guzman purges life imprisonment in the maximum security prison of the Naval Base of Callao for the massacres committed by his group between 1980 and 2000, a period in which more than 69,000 victims are attributed, mainly to Sendero, in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR).
Prosecutor Prado opined that the sentence is "very worrying" because with that background "anyone can go out to perform the ideals of Abimael Guzmán Reynoso or the figure of Abimael Guzmán Reynoso, as head of this criminal organization Sendero Luminoso".
Prado filed an appeal for annulment against the acquittal of the leaders of Movadef, some of whom have been prosecuted for terrorism, and complained that the criminal chamber has resolved in the same way in similar proceedings.