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Peruvian man held over 'torture'

A Peruvian man living in Devon has been arrested on suspicion of committing crimes against humanity, police said.

Rodrigo Grande was detained by Met Police officers on Tuesday at an address in Tiverton.

The alleged offences, including the torture of Peruvian citizens, took place between 1984 and 1993 in Peru, police said.

At the time of the allegations the Peruvian government was fighting a bitter civil war with insurgent movement the Shining Path.

Mr Grande, 46, who works at a restaurant in the town, has denied any involvement, telling the Independent newspaper: "They wanted to speak to me about when I worked as a police officer in Peru. I have done nothing."

A Met police spokesman said: "The man was arrested on suspicion of crimes against humanity contrary to the International Criminal Court Act 2001 as amended by Section 70 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and torture under Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

"He was taken to a police station in Devon. He has now been bailed to return to a central London police station in July.

"Searches were carried out at a residential address and a business premises in Tiverton. They are now complete.

"The investigation relates to alleged offences in Peru between 1984 and 1993."

During the 1980s the Shining Path was perceived at the most accomplished guerilla movement in the region.

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