The Shining Path, the Maoist terrorist group that wreaked havoc in Peru in the 1980s, has admitted defeat and seeks to negotiate an end to its war with the government, one of the group's top leaders told a nongovernmental organization.
Paul Refsdal is an independent Norwegian journalist who has spent the last 26 years reporting from the frontlines of some of the world's toughest conflicts. He began his career in writing and photography in 1984 by going with the Mujahedeen to Afghanistan. In the '80s, he embedded with Karen rebels in Burma, with the LTTE in Sri Lanka, with Sandinista forces in Nicaragua, and with Guatemalan insurgents. In the '90s, he reported on the Shining Path in Peru, the KLA in Kosovo, as well as Chechen and Albanian rebels in Macedonia.
A three-judge panel of the Peruvian Supreme Court found former President Alberto Fujimori guilty Tuesday on charges involving human rights violations, including murder and kidnapping, and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.