LIMA, Peru – Peru's president says security forces have arrested 24 leaders of the political wing of the Shining Path rebel movement, including the lawyer of its imprisoned leader and a cousin of the president.
President Ollanta Humala said in a radio interview from Canada that Wednesday night's arrests followed a two-year police investigation that found various members of the MOVADEF movement to be involved in terrorism financed through drug trafficking.
Neither Humala nor any other government official provided immediate details.
Among the arrested was Alfredo Crespo, attorney for Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman. Authorities also arrested Walter Humala, a musician who has called for Guzman's release.
Guzman is serving life without parole for terrorism. The violent insurgency all but disappeared with his 1992 capture, but some remnants remain in the world's No. 1 coca-producing valley.