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Peru: Government persists in retaining unfair trial procedures

, Index number: AMR 46/025/1996

Amnesty International is seriously concerned that Peru's anti-terrorism legislation continues to fall short of international fair trial standards and provides a framework which faciliates the imprisonment of persons whose detention appears to be politically motivated. Amnesty International has documented the cases of at least 700 prisoners who have been falsely accused of terrorism-related offences and whom the organization considers to be prisoners of conscience and possible prisoners of conscience. Furthermore, despite some reforms to the legislation in August 1996 and the subsequent release of 74 prisoners, Amnesty International remains concerned that those released have not benefitted from a judicial review leading to the annulment of charges or the quashing of verdicts or sentences.

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