Lawyer claims mayor who is ex-cartel is practically “kidnapped” by Peruvian National Police

Posted on December 2, 2010 • Filed under: Crime

Julio Cantalisio Rivera, lawyer for Diburcio Morales, an ex-drug cartel leader, and current mayor of Valle del Monzón, declares his client’s detention as practically a “kidnapping,” due to an absence of formal charges. “He was taken from his home in underwear [and] bleeding.” He claims the attitude against coco leaf growers (cocoleros) is due to reprisals for having rejected the construction of police stations. He emphasised “during the time of terrorism…they abandoned their posts…” He maintains that the investigation of his client’s case will be at DIRCOTE (Counter-Terrorist Directorate). Read Article

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