Guerrilla group leader released after 25 years in Peru

Leader of guerrilla group which stormed Japanese ambassador’s residence released from prison after 25 years

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Soldiers rescue 72 hostages held by Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) rebels at the residence of Japan's ambassador to Peru

The famous former number two of a Peruvian guerilla group which stormed a Japanese ambassador’s residence releases has been released from prison after serving 25 years.

Peter Cardenas Schulte was a leader of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) and was convicted of terrorism. He served his sentence in a high-security prison at a naval base in the port of Callao, east of Lima.

MRTA leader Victor Polay and the founder of the Shining Path rebel group, Abimael Guzman, are serving life sentences in the same prison.

Cardenas is 65 years old and was sentenced to 25 years for being a leader of a guerrilla group which started to kidnap people in the 1980s to finance its armed operations.

In 1996, The MRTA made global headlines when it took control of the ambassador's residence in Lima for more than four months with 72 prisoners inside, but the group has virtually disappeared in recent years.

Cardenas, who used the nickname "Comrade Alfonso," had been in prison since April 14, 1992.

Peru's Interior Ministry said other former guerrilla fighters will have served their sentences of between 20-25 years in the next few months.

TRTWorld and agencies