Peru’s Justice and Human Rights Minister requested Monday that the Attorney General's Office order the cremation of the leader and founder of the Shining Path guerrilla group, Abimael Guzmán.

After 29 years in jail, Guzmán died on Saturday of health complications in a military hospital aged 86.

Justice Minister Aníbal Torres sent a letter to Attorney General Zoraida Ávalos, asking her to take the "necessary actions" for the Public Ministry to order the cremation of Guzmán's body.

The minister said that from a reading of the laws, unclaimed corpses remain in the custody of the Public Ministry, which has the power to donate them for research purposes or request the cremation from a cemetery.

Guzmán’s wife Elena Iparraguirre is considered his Shining Path second-in-command and is also serving a life sentence for terrorism. Guzmán has no other living direct relatives.