Trial & Execution

Seventeen months after seizing power in 1948, General Manuel Odria's government finally achieved its avowed aim of eliminating the top leadership of the outlawed Aprista party. The non-Stalinist group, once the most powerful in the country, draws its doctrine from Marx and its support from Peru's impoverished Indian agrarians. When APRA's founder Victor Raul Haya de la Torre sought refuge in the Colombian embassy a year ago last January, he left a triumvirate to direct the party. Last fortnight two of the three, Senator Cirilo Cornejo and Deputy Luis Felipe de las Casas, were condemned to prison terms by...

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