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After 40 years, ten ex-servicemen were convicted in Peru for systematic rape

For the systematic rape of nine women, including minors, ten ex-servicemen were sentenced yesterday in Peru as they were found guilty of carrying out the indecent acts between 1984 and 1985, in the midst of the civil conflict between the state forces and the Shining Path guerrilla organization. The verdict ended a five-year trial that is landmark in Peru as it is the first in a sex crime case committed by members of the armed forces. None of the ten convicted, who were represented by their lawyers, were present when the verdict was read and the sentences were imposed. Three other soldiers were sentenced in absentia. Systematic rapes have been committed since 1984, when the Peruvian army established a base near the towns of Manca and Vilca, in the Andes, in the province of Huancavelica (south), one of Peru’s poorest regions. Some of the victims were minors. Five of the women became pregnant, their lawyers pointed out. Human rights defenders and relatives of the victims gathered in front of the court yesterday. Cynthia Silva, member […]
Source: News Beast

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