Peru Arrests Leading Shining Path Rebel
By Dialogo March 06, 2012
Peruvian police said on March 4 they had arrested a suspected leader of a Maoist faction of the Shining Path rebel movement who was the apparent successor to “Comrade Artemio,” who was captured last month.
National police director Raul Salazar told local media that Walter Diaz Vega, also known as “Freddy” or “Percy,” was snared in the mountainous jungle region of Alto Huallaga.
Diaz Vega “was the successor of Artemio and responsible for organizing an armed column in Alto Huallaga,” Salazar said.
“His capture took place on Saturday [March 3],” and Diaz Vega “had intended to annihilate the informants who infiltrated (the rebels) to allow the capture of Artemio in February.”
Diaz Vega will face multiple terrorism charges, Salazar added.
Comrade Artemio, whose real name is Florindo Eleuterio Flores, was captured on February 12 after a fierce gun battle against government forces in which he was wounded. He is to be tried on charges of terrorism and drug trafficking.
The 47-year-old Artemio led one of two splinter groups of the Maoist insurgency that terrorized Peruvians in the 1980s and 1990s.