Guzman trial kept secret

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The Independent Online
LIMA (AFP) - The trial for treason of Abimael Guzman, Shining Path's guerrilla leader, which began in Lima on Monday, is shrouded in secrecy. The hearing, by a military tribunal, is being conducted in a secret location under navy guard.

Alfredo Crespo, Guzman's lawyer, who has not been allowed access to his client since he was handed over to the navy on Sunday, complained yesterday that Guzman had been virtually kidnapped, and denied legal counsel.

Guzman's trial is expected to last 10 days, and any appeal of the verdict must be heard by the Supreme Council of Military Justice by 27 October, according to sources. To protect the identity of the judges and the prosecutors, Guzman is being held in a separate room from the officials.

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