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Peru president 'will keep rebels jailed'

Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo has said he would rather declare a State of Emergency than allow any jailed left-wing guerrillas to be freed. His comments come just two weeks after the Constitutional Court ruled Peru’s anti-terror laws illegal – paving the way for retrials for hundreds of imprisoned rebels. Mr Toledo made the announcement during talks with officials from the Inter-American Development Bank – who are in Lima to sign several loan agreements. One of the loans will go towards Peru’s flagship Camisea natural gas project. So with the eyes of the international investor community on Peru, Mr Toledo was keen to deny suggestions that the recent decision by the Constitutional Court would mean freedom for some of the country’s most notorious left-wing guerrillas. “So long as I’m president, not one terrorist will be freed,” he said. One of the Court’s rulings was that rebels tried by hooded judges on treason charges could be eligible for retrials. The president admitted that the country now faced up to 700 such retrials. Full Story

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