Peru leader sends brother to solitary confinement

By REUTERS
April 3, 2012 22:46

LIMA - Peru's president sent his loquacious brother to solitary confinement this week to end his embarrassing spectacles - only to have him show up in court on Tuesday and say he was beaten and bruised by prison guards.

Antauro Humala, the cowboy hat-wearing younger brother of President Ollanta Humala, is serving a 19-year prison sentence for leading an attempted 2005 coup against former President Alejandro Toledo in which killed four police officers were killed.

Photographs and TV footage of him cavorting with girlfriends, using his iPhone and puffing on marijuana cigarettes while behind bars roiled the presidential palace this month and dented the president's approval rating, now at 53 percent.

Prison officials seized his cell phone and transferred him to a more secure prison earlier this month, but he threatened guards there.


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