Peru’s death squad suspect held under new UK lesgislation


Yorkshire Post

Peru's death squad suspect held under new UK lesgislation
The war against Shining Path in Peru between 1980 and 2000 triggered thousands of cases of human rights violations perpetrated by security forces and Peru’s army against civil population. (Photo: Internet)

A man has been arrested for alleged crimes against humanity – the first under new legislation aimed at capturing UK residents suspected of human rights atrocities.

The Peruvian man, who has not been named, was arrested in Devon yesterday [Tuesday] on suspicion of involvement in state-backed death squads which targeted terrorist groups, mainly the notorious Shining Path.

He is the first person to be arrested since a change in the law last year which extended the retrospective reach of UK authorities to prosecute for war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide back to 1991 from the previous cut-off point of 2001.

The law change was primarily brought in to cover the actions of anyone who had become a UK resident after being involved in atrocities committed in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

The arrest comes after a Yorkshire Post investigation revealed hundreds of suspected war criminals from an array of countries round the world are living in the UK with apparent impunity.

Information obtained from the Home Office revealed 300 suspects identified by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) between 2005 and 2010 remain in the country despite concerns being highlighted during the immigration screening process.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of torture and crimes against humanity and has been detained at Exeter police station to be interviewed.

“These matters relate to incidents which occurred in Peru between 1989 and 1993. From initial inquiries, this man may have participated in the murder of numerous individuals during that period.”

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