Officials fear that the body of Abimael Guzman could become a rallying point for supporters of the group.
Peruvian officials face dilemma over what to do with body Abimael guzman, the late founder of the brutal fighting group Shining Path, amid concerns that his remains could be a rally for fans.
Guzman, leader of the group made the population cruel of Peru in the 1980s and 1990s, died Saturday in a military prison, 86 years old.
By law, the remains of a prisoner must be transferred to an immediate family member, but Guzman had no one but his wife Elena Iparraguirre, the former second in command of the Highway, who is also serving a life sentence for ‘terrorism’.
Iparraguirre gave power of attorney to former prison mate Iris Quinonez to bury the body.
The office of the public prosecutor in the city of Callao said on Sunday afternoon that the petition to release the body would be evaluated in the next few hours.
Guzman is said to have died of pneumonia and his body is being held under police guard in the city morgue.
There is widespread support for the cremation of Guzman’s body and the ashes in the Pacific Ocean, so that a grave does not serve as a gathering for supporters.
‘No place of worship’
“The remains of this genocide should not be passed on to family members, and because his wife could not receive it because she is in prison, the logical and reasonable step would be to cremate the body and throw the ashes into the sea. “” Political analyst Fernando Rospigliosi told the AFP news agency.
“No place of worship should be created for his followers.”
Justice Minister Anibal Torres is also in favor of cremation, “so there is no room for certain Peruvians who want to pay tribute to this character,” he said on Saturday.
Paying homage to Guzman and holding demonstrations in his memory is seen as an excuse for “terrorism”, which is punishable by law, he added.
An autopsy shows Guzman died of bilateral pneumonia – also known as double pneumonia – an infection that infects both lungs and is linked to COVID-19, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
The body must still undergo ‘pathological, toxicological and chemical’ tests before being released, the statement said.
The bodies of people who died from COVID-19 must be cremated according to emergency health legislation.
Guzman’s lawyers said their client had been fully vaccinated.
Guzman was serving a life sentence in the maximum security prison at the Callao naval base near Lima.
He and Iparraguirre were arrested together in September 1992 and married in 2010, although they are being held in different prisons.
A former professor of philosophy, Guzman, was the intellectual architect behind the Maoist group’s brutal attempt to overthrow the Peruvian government from 1980 to 2000.
The conflict – in which Guzman hoped to impose the Marxist model of his icon, Mao Zedong, on Peru – resulted in 70,000 either dying or disappearing, according to the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Guzman also adopted the brutal methods of the Cambodian dictator Pol Pot and gained a reputation as a hardline revolutionary who was willing to order the 1984 massacre of the inhabitants of the Andean village of Soras to punish them for refusing. to support him. More than 100 people were killed.