Peru will comply with Inter-American court ruling, says Humala

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President Ollanta Humala said Tuesday that Peru would comply with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and annul a controversial ruling by the country’s Supreme Court.

Last July Peru’s Supreme Court issues a ruling that reduced the sentences of Vladimiro Montesinos and 15 members of the Grupo Colina military death squad.

"We are within an international system that recognizes the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. If one recognizes [the court]as a higher institution, then the state should comply,” Humala was quoted as saying by El Comercio.

>The >Inter-American court issued the ruling earlier this month, and warned that if Peru did not abide by the ruling “it would be a breach of the orders of this court.”

>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.

After the Supreme Court ruling the Humala government said it would seek to appeal the court’s decision.

President Ollanta Humala said on Tuesday that Peru would comply with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and annul a controversial ruling by the country’s Supreme Court.

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