Press Release Nº
During a ceremony with Andean Rituals
THIS FRIDAY THE RECOVERED REMAINS AT THE GRAVES OF TOTOS ARE
TO BE HANDED OVER.
On Friday, September 6th, the Joint Work
Platform for the Investigation of Mass Graves, including the
Prosecutor’s Office, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
the Ombudsman’s Office and the Human Rights National
Coordinator, will hand over to their families the remains of
the seven people recovered during the exhumation of the graves
of Sancaypata and Ccarpacassa, located in the village of Totos,
province of Cangallo, department of Ayacucho.
Last August 26th, the procedure of exhuming the remains of
seven people presumably assassinated by members of the Peruvian
Army in 1983 started. Thirteen forensic experts from the Prosecutor’s
Office and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission participated.
The exhumation process lasted three days and was carried out
at the village of Totos. The analysis of the remains will last
six days and is taking place at the mobile morgue in the city
of Huamanga. It is foreseen that today Wednesday and tomorrow
Thursday, the relatives of the victims will come to the morgue
in order to support the forensic experts in identifying the
clothing found beside the bones.
The process of analyzing the remains is long and detailed,
requires maximum dedication from the forensic experts. It starts
with cleaning the recovered remains, both bones and clothing.
Immediately afterwards, the remains are submitted to X-rays,
and then there is an inventory and an individualization of
each one of them. Once this stage has concluded, the process
of describing the injuries and determining the cause of death
is carried out, and dental X-rays and an inventory of the clothing
are taken, with the valuable physical recognition of same as
part of the process of identification.
Lima, September 4th, 2002
Office of Communications and Public