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Inter-American Human Rights Court orders Peru to annul Colina ruling

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The Inter-American Human Rights court has ordered Peru’s Supreme Court to annul a ruling that had reduced the sentences of Vladimiro Montesinos and 15 members of the Grupo Colina military death squad, last July.

According to El Comercio the Inter-American court issued the ruling last September 7, saying the Supreme Court’s ruling would have to be annulled by January 20, 2013.

"If the causes that could lead to impunity are not remedied through the available internal mechanisms […], it would be a breach of the orders of this Court,” the Inter-American Court said in a statement.

>Last July Peru’s Supreme Court said that Grupo Colina’s role in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres did >not constitute a crime against humanity.

The ruling meant Montesinos – former advisor to ex-President Alberto Fujimori – and former generals Nicolás Hermosa, Julio Salazar, and Juan Rivero, would see a 5-year reduction to their 25-year prison sentence.

Previously, members of the Colina group had been found guilty for the murder of one university professor and nine students during the La Cantuta massacre, as well as 15 people during the Barrios Altos massacre, during the 1990s.

The Inter-American Human Rights court has ordered Peru’s Supreme Court to annul a ruling that had reduced the sentences of Vladimiro Montesinos and 15 members of the Grupo Colina.

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