Peru Accuses Movadef Leader of Belonging to Shining Path

By Dialogo
January 04, 2013

The Peruvian government has accused the leader of the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), Alfredo Crespo, of “belonging to the Shining Path guerrilla organization,” Peruvian Minister of Interior Wilfredo Pedraza said on January 2.

Movadef is considered to be the legal faction of Shining Path, whose leader and founder Abimael Guzmán, aka “Comrade Gonzalo,” is serving a life sentence.

The minister stated that, “the punishment for being a member of Shining Path is a minimum of 20 years in prison.”

“We expect the Judiciary System to be able to deal with this, and we have full faith in them,” assured Pedraza. Furthermore, he explained that the government had a solid case to prove the close links between Movadef and Shining Path.

The official indicated that the relationship is demonstrated in the document that the “so-called political organization” submitted to the National Electoral Jury as ideological evidence.

Alfredo Crespo, who is also Guzmán’s lawyer, is one of Movadef’s founders.

Pedraza explained that Movadef, which was founded in November 2009, submitted “a manifesto and statute” to the electoral institution in which they “explicitly adhere to Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, and Gonzalo ideology.”

“In Peru, Gonzalo ideology has been translated into a strategic fight designed by Shining Path to manifest itself through political agitation, propaganda, sabotage, terrorist combat and armed struggle as expressions of subversive action,” he added.

Movadef is requesting a general amnesty for Shining Path terrorists, as well as justifying the armed actions initiated by the group between 1980 and 2000, which provoked the rejection of all political sectors opposed to the use of weapons.

In January 2012, Peru’s National Electoral Jury declined Movadef’s request to register as an official political party for the second time.