Tuesday, December 1, 2009

UPDATE: Peruvian Fat-stealing Gang

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1943539,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

TIME
1 December 2009

Peru's Fat-Stealing Gang: Crime or Cover-Up?

By Lucien Chauvin / Lima

Much of the world was shocked and titillated by news of alleged fat-stealing murderers in the Peruvian jungle. But the story may have a much more sinister underbelly. Could the allegation of homicidal liposuction possibly be a smokescreen to distract attention from other crimes, including, some local journalists say, the existence of a death squad that may be operating within the country's national police? [...]

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N01394292.htm

Reuters AlertNet
1 December 2009

Peru suspends cop behind gang of 'human fat sellers'

By Terry Wade

LIMA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Peru suspended its top organized crime investigator on Tuesday after he misled the country by saying he had caught a gang of serial killers who acted out an ancient Andean legend and sold their victims' fat. [...]

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZaOVgWyLvdQwV-K-yAXhCdG8N9gD9CAO4B00

The Associated Press
1 December 2009
Peru purges police, fat-stealing claims questioned
By ANDREW WHALEN (AP)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZaOVgWyLvdQwV-K-yAXhCdG8N9gD9CCP7N00

Associated Press
4 December 2009

Peru's fat hangover: Garcia denies police killings

By ANDREW WHALEN (AP)
LIMA, Peru — Peruvian President Alan Garcia denied Thursday that his government invented a tale about murderous fat-thieves to distract from allegations of police death squad killings, saying the claim was fundamentally true even if it became exaggerated. [...]