Alleged Shining Path Member Arrested in Spain

By Dialogo
January 30, 2013

An alleged member of the Peruvian Maoist guerrilla Shining Path, wanted by the police in Peru on “terrorism” charges, was arrested in Spain, authorities in the European country reported on January 28.

Luis Enrique Paredes del Pino, alias Juan Carlos, was arrested in the town of Illescas (center), due to an international warrant issued by the National Criminal Court in Lima.

According to judiciary authorities, the detainee “helped Shining Path guerrillas working underground, and was part of the logistic and support structure of the terrorist organization.”

This arrest, made possible through international police collaboration, constitutes an effort by Spanish authorities to “locate terrorists that plan to settle in our country intending to avoid legal actions in their countries of origin,” the Spanish Ministry of Interior assured.

On January 29, a spokesman from Spain’s National High Court, the country’s main judicial authority, announced Paredes del Pino was released while arrangements are made for his final extradition to Peru.

Paredes del Pino has both, Spanish and Peruvian nationalities, and was a doctor by trade, said the source.

“The judge gave Peru a 40-day deadline to provide information on the extradition, at which time penal authorities will have to decide whether or not to grant it,” he added.