Antauro Humala, brother of former Peruvian president, is released from prison after sentence reduction

Peru’s National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) has informed this Friday that it grants freedom to Antauro Humala, sentenced to 25 years in prison for the ‘Andahuaylazo’, after his sentence was reduced for work and education.

The INPE has indicated in a statement that, after remaining in prison 17 years, 7 months and 14 days, the resolution granting him freedom has been issued, apart in the law that establishes that in cases of people sentenced for kidnapping, the most serious crime committed by Humala Tasso, the computation of redemption of 7 days of work or education for one day of freedom must be applied.

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Since Humala worked and studied for 3667 days while in prison, he has been able to reduce his sentence by one year and seven months.

The prisoner, brother of former President Ollanta Humala, was sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in prison for the ‘Andahuaylazo’, as it is known to the seizure in 2005 of the police station in the town of Andahuaylas with the aim of overthrowing the government of Alejandro Toledo and restoring the 1979 Constitution, which resulted in six deaths.

Although the past of his brother Antauro was known when Humala contested the presidential elections, this episode came back to the center of public debate when, barely a month after his arrival to the Government, the ruling party began to process an amnesty petition from Congress, which was finally paralyzed.

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The ‘Andahuaylazo’ is not Antauro’s only coup attempt. In 2000, together with Humala and 69 other military reservists, he took over the Locumba mine to demand the resignation of Alberto Fujimori. They did not lay down their arms until the interim government of Valentín Paniagua Corazao offered them an amnesty.

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