Peru: Morning News Roundup – Dec 24

Woman, 2 Youths Arrested at Peru Airport

A woman and two youths were detained in Peru after the trio allegedly ingested capsules of cocaine and attempted to board an airplane to Argentina, a police official said Sunday. The three were questioned at Lima’s international airport Saturday night and taken to a nearby hospital, where they expelled capsules of cocaine, Police Gen. Miguel Hidalgo, director of the country’s anti-drug unit, told The Associated Press. Police declined to give the youth’s ages or gender until an official report is completed, but radio reports said they were aged 15 and 17, and traveling with their 47-year-old mother. (AP – click here to read complete article)

Pakistan, Peru Want to Buy Retired A-37s

Pakistan and Peru want to purchase South Korea’s retired A-37 light attack aircraft, officials of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Monday. Peru’s air force chief of staff asked to buy A-37 aircraft during a meeting with DAPA commissioner Lee Sun-hi in October, a DAPA spokesman said. Lee visited the South American nation Oct. 20-23, he said. Talks over the delivery of spare parts of the A-37 are also under way between the South Korean Air Force and Pakistani authorities, following a request for the deal in May via diplomatic channels, the official added. (Korea Times – click here to read entire story by Jung Sung-ki)

Peru’s Fujimori apologizes for human rights abuses

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori acknowledged on Friday that human rights abuses happened under his rule and apologized to families whose loved ones were killed in a war against leftist insurgents. "I ask for forgiveness," Fujimori, 69, said at his trial on human rights crimes that could put him in jail for up to 30 years. "This pained my soul." Despite the apology, Fujimori denied ordering a government death squad to kill 25 people and kidnap two others in the 1990s, when Peru was battling the Maoist guerrilla group known as the Shining Path. (Reuters – click here to read complete article)

Bus-truck crash kills six in Peru

At least six people have been killed and as many injured in a road accident in southeastern Peru. The accident occurred Sunday when a bus collided with a truck on the South Pan American Highway between the towns of Palpa and Ica, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Palpa, and the conditions of some are stated to be critical. (Earthtimes – click here to read complete article)

Orem man charged with smuggling immigrants

An Orem man has been accused of bringing undocumented workers into the United States, then putting them to work at his construction company to repay him. One Peruvian citizen claims he worked 6 1/2 days a week, about 12 to 14 hours a day, and earned $9,500 in a year. Approximately $8,500 of that allegedly went to pay Jose Hernan Moreno-Sevilla and his family for smuggling, transportation and housing costs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Hernan with one count each of bringing in illegal aliens and harboring illegal aliens. Also charged with harboring is Alejandro M. Meza, who is married to a sister of Hernan’s wife. The two men allegedly housed undocumented immigrants at residences they own in Utah County. (Salt Lake Tribune – click here to read complete article by Pamela Manson)