Wednesday, November 28, 2007
- 'Peru Court Sentences Coup Backers' (BBC) "Ten former ministers in Peru have been sentenced for their part in a 1992 coup d'etat against their own government ... including Juan Briones, Jaime Yoshiyama, Carlos Bolona, Absalon Vasquez, Víctor Joy Way, Oscar de la Puente, Jaime Sobero, Alfredo Ross, Víctor Paredes and Augusto Antonioli."
- 'Peru Court Sentences Fujimori Aides For Power Grab' (Reuters, Marco Aquino)
- 'Ex-Minister Gets Jail For Aiding Fujimori' (wires in Washington Post) "Former Peruvian interior minister Juan Briones D¿vila has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping then-President Alberto Fujimori send tanks to shut down Congress and Peru's judiciary in 1992."
- 'Peru Police Kill Leading Rebel' (BBC, Dan Collyns)
- 'Peru police kill Shining Path commander in drug zone' (Reuters, Terry Aquino and Terry Wade) "Police killed a commander of the Shining Path insurgency [Epifanio Espiritu Acosta, who used the alias JL] and arrested eight guerrillas in Huanuco, officials said on Tuesday, after clashing with the group for the third time this month. ... Officials say the Shining Path has small but active groups in the country's main coca-growing areas, with total membership of about 400."
- 'Police Kill Senior Rebel Leader in Central Peru' (Xinha News Agency) "Special forces officers from the Peruvian National Police clashed with rebels at 3:00 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) in Cerro Azul, a town some 450 km northeast of Peru's capital Lima. Espiritu is considered to be the deputy to Comrade Artemio, the Path's last active leader, whose real name is unknown."
- Physicians For Human Rights Release Report on Maternal Mortality and the Right to Health in Peru (PHR press release) Full Report: 'Deadly Delays: Maternal Mortality in Peru, A Rights-Based Approach to Safe Motherhood'; see report in Spanish; "Peru's persistently high maternal mortality ratio, the second highest in South America, dramatically illustrates systemic inequities that ravage the overall society and in turn reflect systematic violations of human rights and vast disparities in the health care system."
- 'Peru's Congress Approves 2008 Fiscal Budget Of PEN 71.05 Billion' (Dow Jones, Robert Kozak) "There were 62 votes in favor in the unicameral Congress, compared with 32 against."
- 'Peru Congress OKs 2008 Spending Rise of 15%' (Reuters, Marco Aquino) "Peru's Congress approved on Tuesday a public-sector budget for 2008 of 71 billion soles ($23.6 billion), with a planned 15% climb in spending from 2007 as infrastructure investments rise. President Alan Garcia plans to spend more on highways, schools and hospitals at a time when the Andean country's economy is growing swiftly. Garcia wants to reduce the poverty rate to 30 percent by 2011, when he leaves office, from around 44.5 percent now."
- 'Motorola, Claro Peru pick winners for Beckham promotion' (Telecom Paper)
- Plexmar Resources Offers Bolsa del Diablo Project Update (Plexmar press release)
- 'Bulgarian Drug Trafficker Caught with 14 Kilos of Cocaine in Peru' (Novinite, Sofia News Agency) "Vladimir Konstantinov, 38, was arrested after trained dogs smelled the drug substance hidden into one of his suitcases."
- 'Letter: Help Us Send Blankets To Peru' (Nottingham Evening Post) "We would love to send 50. We wish to send them to a small Anglican church on the outskirts of Peru, which a church member is in touch with."