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Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman gets second life term in Peru

The 83-year-old, who was captured in 1992, was convicted of involvement in a car bombing.

A Peruvian court has convicted imprisoned Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman and given him a second life sentence for a 1992 car bombing in the capital that killed 25 people and injured 155.

The 83-year-old Guzman is already serving a life sentence for a 1983 massacre in an Andean village.

The Maoist-inspired group began its fight against Peru’s government in 1980 but was badly weakened by the 1992 capture of Guzman and many of its other leaders.

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Abimael Guzman looks at his lawyer while sitting with his partner Elena Iparraguirre (Martin Mejia/AP)

In their ruling Tuesday, judges sided with prosecutors’ claims that Guzman masterminded the deadly car bombing in a middle-class Lima neighbourhood.

A truth commission found that between 1980 and 2000 fighting among rebel groups, the government and self-defence patrols left up to 70,000 dead.

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