U.S. Detains and then Releases Accused Peruvian Torturer on Diplomatic Immunity (VIIB)

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Saturday, April 1, 2000
Bruce Zagaris
On March 10, 2000, Ricardo Anderson Kohatsu, a retired major in Peru’s Army Intelligence Services, was released due to diplomatic immunity in Houston where the U.S. detained him on the previous day on charges of violating a U.S. anti-torture law. On March 9, 2000, the Federal Bureau of Investigation detained Mr. Anderson on charges that he violated the 1992 Torture Victim Protection Act. The charges are that in 1997 Leonor La Rosa, who served with Anderson in army intelligence, and a colleague, Mariela Lucy Barreto, were suspected of leaking information about a plan by Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori’s government to silence opposition journalists through threats and physical abuse…[more]