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32-Year Prison Term for Peru Rebel Leader


The leader of Peru's Tupac Amaru rebel movement has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for kidnapping, murder and other crimes.

The sentence was handed down to Victor Polay during a court session broadcast Tuesday by Peruvian television.

Tupac Amaru gained world attention in 1996, during a four-month siege that followed a rebel attack on the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, where more than 70 hostages were taken during a cocktail party. A commando raid more than four months later freed the hostages and overwhelmed the rebels, all of whom were killed.

Polay and other Tupac Amaru members sentenced Tuesday were convicted of crimes committed during the 1980s and '90s. His second-in-command, Miguel Rincon, also was sent to prison for 32 years; others received lesser terms.

Tupac Amaru and another radical group, Shining Path, were blamed for the deaths of nearly 70,000 people during years of political violence in Peru.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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