President of Constitutional Tribunal Resigns
31 July 2008
César Landa Arroyo unexpectedly resigned from his position as President of Peru's Constitutional Tribunal. He was replaced by APRA's Carlos Mesía Ramírez, who told Peruvian newspaper La República that he would remain in the position until December, which is when Landa Arroyo would normally have left office. He also revealed that he would soon deal with an appeal lodged by the Institute of Legal Defence (IDL), a Peruvian NGO which defends and promotes human rights. Mesía claims that his predecessor had always been "very close to IDL". The appeal concerns the trial of one of the marines who was suspected of being involved in the military repression and subsequent killing that occurred during a riot at the El Frontén prison in 1986, during President Alan García's first term in office.