Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s Brother Complains of Prison Beating
April 4, 2012 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — Peruvian President Ollanta Humala arranged to have his younger brother Antauro transferred to solitary confinement while he serves a 19-year prison sentence, but he showed up at his court hearing saying that guards there beat him. Antauro Humala is serving time in prison for leading an attempted coup in 2005 against former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo that killed four police officers, and he reportedly angered his brother when cell phone footage surfaced showing the younger Humala smoking marijuana and cavorting with women behind bars. On Tuesday during a televised hearing to reduce his sentence, Antauro said that he was “attacked by troops wearing hoods” and showed bruises on his body to the judge, who sent him to be examined by a doctor. He is in the same prison as Abimael Guzman, the founder of the Shining Path rebels, and Vladimiro Montesinos, known for waging a brutal campaign against insurgents during the 1990s.
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