PERUVIAN COURT SENTENCES SHINING PATH LEADER TO LIFE IN PRISON

Fox News on June 7, 2013, published an AP report on a Peruvian court convicting a top leader of the Shining Path rebel group and sentenced him to life in prison without parole. Excerpts below:

Florindo Flores, better known as Comrade Artemio, was convicted of terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering. The three-judge court also ordered him to pay a $180 million fine.

Artemio was captured in February 2012 in the Alta Huallaga Valley, a stronghold of the fanatical rebel group in the late 1980s and early 1990s before it was largely defeated.

He led a Shining Path remnant that authorities said was deeply involved in protecting the cocaine trade in the valley where it originated more than a century ago.

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