Ex-Spy Chief Goes on Trial on Rights Charges

From Times Wire Reports

Peru began its first trial against former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos for human rights crimes, accusing him of ordering massacres of suspected leftist rebels in the early 1990s.

Montesinos faces a possible sentence of 35 years if found guilty of leading the Grupo Colina death squad, which is blamed for kidnapping, torturing and shooting victims during the military’s campaign to root out Shining Path guerrillas.

Montesinos has been jailed since 2001.