The leader in the race to be mayor of Lima found not guilty of killing reporter during bloody conflict with Maoist guerrillas in 1980s

The leading candidate in the race to be mayor of Lima has been cleared of murdering a journalist 30 years ago after a four-year trial that opened up the scars of Peru’s long fight against the communist Shining Path guerrillas insurgency.

Daniel Urresti, a former army general who was facing 25 years in jail for planning the murder of Hugo Bustíos, is now free to continue his campaign to lead one of South America’s biggest cities. With two days to go before the vote on Sunday, the charismatic Urresti is leading the polls.

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