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3 leaders of Peru rebel group charged in NY

July 2, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say three leaders of the Shining Path rebel movement in Peru have been indicted in New York on terrorism, narcotics and weapons charges.

The indictments were announced in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Florindo Eleuterio Flores-Hala, 54-year-old Victor Quispe-Palomino and 56-year-old Jorge Quispe-Palomino helped facilitate international narcotics trafficking in order to provide support for the rebels. Charges include conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Flores-Hala is in the custody of Peruvian law enforcement. The other two remain at large. It wasn't clear if the suspects had lawyers.

The Shining Path movement was one of Latin America's most violent insurgencies. It was largely defeated in 1992 with the capture of its leader, Abimael Guzman.



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