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Peru president could face human rights lawsuit: report

A complaint allegedly filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] could reopen a human rights lawsuit against Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Reuters reported [text] Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges wrongdoing by Humala during his service as an army officer in Peru's San Martin province during the 1990s. The suit was dismissed by a Peruvian court in 2009, but has reportedly been re-filed in the IACHR. Ollanta was elected president [BBC report] in June 2011.

Humala has faced human rights charges in the past. A Peruvian judge indicted [JURIST report] Humala in September 2006 for murder, torture and kidnapping stemming from his army service. Earlier that month, prosecutors filed informal charges [JURIST report] against Humala and sent the case to judge Miluska Cano to decide whether prosecutors presented enough evidence to open a criminal case. Prosecutors charged Humala on the basis of testimony from witnesses that claim soldiers under Humala's command dragged a married couple from their home in 1992, and later found the husband shot in the head but never found the body of the wife. Humala narrowly lost the 2006 Peruvian presidential election [BBC report] to incumbent Alan Garcia in June of that year.

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