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Peru: Supreme Court annuls habeas corpus on "disappeared" student; bomb attack on the family lawyer

, Index number: AMR 46/005/1991

This document reports AI's concern about the "disappearance" of Ernesto Castillo Paez, a 22-year-old sociology student at the Catholic University of Lima. He was detained by police on 21 October 1990 and has not been seen since. Police authorities deny knowledge of his detention. At the request of the state prosecutor, the Supreme Court, apparently unprecedentedly, annulled the writ of habeas corpus which had been obtained by Ernesto Castillo's father. THe family's lawyer, Dr Augusto Zuniga Paz, unsuccessfully contested this decision. Dr Zuniga was injured by a letter bomb delivered to his office on 15 March 1991; the envelope reportedly bore a stamp of origin from the Offices of the Secretary to the President of Peru.

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