Peru lawyers jailed

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The Independent Online
LIMA (Reuter) - Two lawyers for top leaders of Peru's Maoist Shining Path guerrillas were convicted of treason and sentenced to life in prison for serving as links between their clients and the guerrilla group.

A spokesman for Peru's highest military court said Alfredo Crespo, who defended Abimael Guzman, leader of Shining Path, after he was captured in September, and Jorge Cartagena, who defended the guerrillas' number two, Osmon Morote, after his detention in 1988, were convicted of treason by a military court. They belonged to the Democratic Lawyers Association, which police said served as the legal arm of Shining Path.