September 20, 2012
New Charges In 1984 Massacre Of Peru Christians
After 30 years, Peruvian officers face "crimes against humanity" for Putis massacre.
Nearly three decades after a deadly massacre that killed 123 people in Putis in southern Peru, four military officers will face trial. The majority of the victims were women and children, many of whom were Christians.
A Peruvian court ruled in August that there is sufficient evidence to try the officers for crimes against humanity, but the case had been delayed by "stonewalling from the Ministry of Defence" which declined to identify soldiers who were involved in the 1984 operation, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
CT previously reported on the breakthrough in the Putis case when charges were first filed earlier this year. CT has also covered religious violence in Peru and the role of Christian leaders in Peruvian criminal investigations.