U.S. Supports Arrest of Movadef Members
The United States government saluted Peru on its arrest of almost 30 members of a political group that had close ties to the Shining Path rebels.
In a statement, the U.S. State Department said it “congratulates the Government of Peru for last week’s arrests of at least 28 leaders and members of a front organization for the Shining Path terrorist group.” “Under the leadership of President Humala, this successful effort exemplifies an admirable commitment to respect for the rule of law and human rights, to patient and persistent criminal investigation work, and an effective ‘whole of government’ approach featuring coordination among judicial, police, armed forces and intelligence elements,” the state department said.
War-era cases being revived to wipe out Maoists: Thapa
KATHMANDU, APR 16 – CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa has claimed that attempts are being made to wipe out the Maoists by reviving the conflict-era cases. Organising a press meet at Tikapur of Kailali on Wednesday, Thapa, aiming at the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML, alleged them of trying to eliminate the CPN-Maoist by raising the cases of insurgency. “Holding the local body elections now would be tantamount to institutionalisation of status-quoism.
The conduction of local elections without drafting a federal constitution is to forestall state restructuring and federation of states,” said the CPN-Maoist leader. Thapa further said that it is the policy of the status quoist forces not to allow the institutionalisation of the new structure desired by the people through the people’s war. “The dissolving of Constituent Assembly (CA) and dominance of status quoist in the current CA proves this fact,” said Thapa.
CPN-Maoist’s prophesy that the second CA election was a conspiracy and it would only invite further crisis is being proven, he claimed. “Transitional period has come to an end. Crisis is deepening further,” he said. The second CA might promulgate the new constitution sooner or later but it would not be people-centric, the CPN-Maoist leader claimed. “The ruling class will promulgate the constitution as constitution is needed for smooth functioning of government administration,” he added.
Govt accused of ‘terrorising’ the Maoists
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist has accused the government of terrorizing the party by enforcing ‘unilateral’ decision to arrest its party leaders and cadres against the spirit of Interim Constitution and Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA). In a strong worded statement released today, the party condemned the government’s recent efforts stirring up war-era cases. The party also demanded the immediate release of its cadres booked on charge of 2004 murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Gorkha in Chitwan.
According to the CPN-Maoist, no war-era cases should be dealt by the judiciary until the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on Inquiry of Enforced Disappearances (CID). Chitwan District Attorney on Sunday had filed murder charge-sheet against 13 Maoist cadres on charge of murdering Adhikari of Gorkha. The party has also said that the peace process has come to a halt with such unilateral actions of the government. The party further demanded that the cases registered against its cadres be withdrawn at the earliest. “If not, the government will be solely responsible for the potential consequences,” the disgruntled party warned.