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Red Cross to Visit Shining Path Founder

The Red Cross will visit the imprisoned founder of the Maoist Shining Path guerrilla group, who is weak and bedridden because of a hunger strike, the guerrilla’s lawyer said Thursday. Abimael Guzman and his former lover Elena Iparraguirre began refusing food on May 3 in a bid for amnesty for leftist insurgents. Lawyer Manuel Fajardo told The Associated Press that a Red Cross doctor was to visit them for the first time on Friday although they have been regularly attended to by prison doctors. Besides seeking a sweeping amnesty for imprisoned and wanted rebels, Guzman is also demanding that prison officials get rid of a partitioned cubicle he must use to speak with his lawyer, Fajardo said. Full Story

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