Jailed Ex-Peruvian Intel Chief Burned The Bodies Of A Professor And His Students In An Oven

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Former Peruvian spy boss Vladimiro Montesinos was convicted Tuesday for killing a college professor and two students, then burning their bodies in an oven.

Montesinos disposed of the bodies in an oven located beneath the basement of his office in the country’s intelligence service. The 71-year-old spook is already behind bars for crimes against humanity he committed while fighting the Maoist, “Shining Path” rebels.

“These crimes, which occurred in the basement of the army intelligence service, can’t but prove the existence of a systematic policy of violating people’s human rights,” according to prosecutor Carlos Rivera. “There was an oven there, to burn bodies, it’s horrible, [but] nobody builds an oven to burn just three bodies,” Rivera grimly noted.

During the Peruvian war with the Shining Path rebels from 1980 to 2000, there were many forced disappearances by both the terrorist organization as well as the government. Throughout Alberto Fujimori’s presidency from 1990 to 2000, it was widely speculated that Montesinos was given the leeway to make many policy decisions on his own, particularly when it came to the fight against the Shining Path.

Peruvian intelligence officers submitted Professor Justiniano Najarro Rua, along with his students Martin Roca Casas and Kenneth Anzualdo, to grizzly torture before summarily executing them in the basement of the country’s intelligence headquarters.

Fujimori’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, ran for president of Peru in 2011 and earlier in 2016, losing both times in runoffs. It is widely assumed that Fujimori lost both her election bids over lingering unease among many Peruvian voters about her father’s time in office and his crimes, such as, burning people’s bodies after torturing and killing them.

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