|Archival photos of Telmo Hurtado, nicknamed the "Butcher of the Andes" for his role in the massacre of up to 74 civilians, including children, in 1985.|
Eight years after fleeing to the United States to escape conviction for crimes against humanity, Ex-Lieutenant Telmo Hurtado was returned to Peru last night.
As reported in Peru’s El Comercio, Hurtado was accompanied by Interpol agents on a flight from Miami to Lima, which landed last night at 9 pm.
Hurtado has been convicted of taking part in the Accomarca massacre, which took place in 1985 in southern Peru, at a time when the military was fighting the Shining Path guerrilla movement. Anywhere from 47 to 74 unarmed men, women, and children were reportedly murdered on orders from the Peruvian army.
A military tribunal convicted then-Lieutenant Hurtado of abusing his authority and perjury with regards to what happened. Hurtado was later granted amnesty by the government.
However, when the amnesty was repealed in 2002, he fled to Miami. Survivors of the massacre, nonetheless, brought a civil case against him, and a court ruled in their favor, ordering Hurtado to pay $37 million.
According to attorney Karim Ninaquispe, who represents the victims’ next of kin, Hurtado will be brought Friday to the National Penal Quarters. It will then be decided to where in Peru he will be imprisoned.