Politics 05-10-2018

Peruvian justice acquits mayoral candidate of Lima accused of murder

Peruvian justice has declared innocent mayor of Lima, Daniel Urresti, accused of murdering a journalist in 1988.

In a reading that began at 15.30 local time (20.30 GMT) and ended more than four hours later, Collegiate B of the Criminal Chamber considered that the candidate did not participate in the death of photographer Hugo Bustíos, a decision that allows him to continue race to the municipality of Lima, whose elections will be held on October 7.

Uresti, from the Podemos Peru party, is among the first places of preference according to the electoral polls.

The candidate, a retired military officer and former Minister of the Interior (2015-2016), served as head of an Army base in the province of Huanta, department of Ayacucho (south), in 1988.

Bustios arrived in the area to investigate the death of a woman and her son, presumably at the hands of the military in the context of the Peruvian State's fight against terrorism, and died when an army patrol fired at the vehicle in which they were traveling.


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