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Colina members’ testimonies contradict generals’ claims

February 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

 JUICIOAFUJIMORI1-11-02-08002.jpg picture by praxislima  JUICIOAFUJIMORI1-11-02-08014.jpg image by praxislima Alberto Fujimori.

February 11, 2008

Twenty-third session. Former Colina agent Pablo Andrés Atúncar Cama testified, giving a voluntary confession regarding the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases. Atúncar has final and unappealable sentence in these cases.

Atúncar was the 37th of 79 witnesses to be summoned in the trial. Furthermore, Atúncar’s testimony now makes 11 members of the Colina group who have testified.

Just as the other former agents, Atúncar talked in detail about the crimes carried out by the Colina Group (which former group members are calling a “military detachment” — not paramilitary group) and made it clear that the orders were received on military premises, by military personal. His direct boss, Santiago Martin Rivas, always told them that they were the “elite” in the army and that they were in a silent war. Nicolás Hermoza Ríos, then head of the Peruvian army, knew of the existence of this military detachment and even lavished attention on its members. According to Atúncar, Hermoza “gave the impression that Fujimori knew everything.”

Including Atúncar, three former Colina agents have now have testified that Fujimori knew about the group’s activities. The other two were Julio Chuqui Aguirre and Ángel Sauñi.

Atúncar talked in detail about the eight crimes he participated in, listed below:

  1. Barrios Altos – where 15 people died, including an 8 year-old boy
  2. Disappeared persons from Santa – 9 campesinos disappeared
  3. Murder of Santiago Gómez Palomino
  4. Disappearance of journalist Pedro Yauri.
  5. Murder of 6 members of the Ventocilla family
  6. Murder of 9 students and a professor at La Cantuta University
  7. Murder of one person on the central highway (Carretera Central)
  8. Execution of 6 people in Pativilca. 

While he talked about the modus operandi of the crimes, Fujimori occasionally drifted off.

There is an important contradiction among the witnesses that should be noted: the majority of Peruvian army generals said in their testimony that the army did not use guns with silencers. However, each of the agents who executed the crimes has admitted the use of silencers. Thus it seems that the generals — who hold the highest rank in the Peruvian army — have made an effort to cover up this fact.

For the next hearing on Feb. 13, Héctor Gamarra Mamani and Gabriel Vera Navarrete have been summoned to testify.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom Deligiannis // Feb 13, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for the excellent coverage of the trial. I have a request regarding enlarging the size of the photos in the postings. I often wish I could click on them to enlarge them to get a good look at the proceedings. Would it be possible to put up higher resolution photos, which can be accessed by clicking on the pictures?

    Thank you.

  • 2 Admin // Feb 13, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for your support as well as your suggestion, Tom. We will look into it.

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