March 30, 2015
LIMA, Peru (AP) - The founder of Peru's Shining Path rebels has gone on trial for a 1992 car bombing considered one of the worst attacks of the conflict he unleashed.
Abimael Guzman is already serving life without parole on a 2006 terrorism conviction.
Prosecutors put the 79-year-old Guzman and 10 other imprisoned rebel leaders on trial Monday for allegedly ordering a bombing that killed 25 people and wounded 155 in Lima's upscale Miraflores district.
Guzman lawyer Alfredo Crespo says his client did not order the bombing and already has no chance of going free.
But Crespo says at least two other Shining Path leaders could have gone free had the new charges not been brought.
Some 70,000 people died in the 1980-2000 conflict waged by rebels led by Guzman, a university professor.