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Salazar says Fujimori ordered him to give SIN money to Montesinos

June 12th, 2008 · No Comments

June 11, 2008 

Sixty-eighth session. Former Peruvian military general and director of the National Intelligence Agency (SIN), Julio Salazar Monroe, continued with his testimony. Salazar admitted that he only completed the basic intelligence course and never took the advanced course. He also said that Fujimori gave him the order to deliver sums of money from the SIN to Vladimiro Montesinos.


1. Incidents during the hearing:

Post-operation recovery

According to the report from the Institute of Legal Medicine, which was read aloud at the hearing, Fujimori will be able to take part in his trial and his post-operation recovery will last a total of one to two weeks, meaning there is no limitation on the trial’s continuation. However, due to Fujimori’s health, the President of the Court decided that the sessions will now only take place in the morning.


Exchange of words between Fujimori’s (and Salazar Monroe’s) lawyer and state prosecutor

During the session, there were repeated disputes between Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakazaki and the state prosecutor, Avelino Guillén. At one point, Nakazaki interrupted the prosecution’s examination to say “I remind you that he is a witness,” implying that the prosecution’s tone toward Julio Salazar Monroe was incriminatory. In turn, Guillén replied, “I remind you that he is your client.” It is important to remember that Nakazaki has represented Salazar since 2001 and during the present hearing, another lawyer from Nakazaki’s firm is taking the role of representing Salazar.


Nakazaki’s interventions

The interventions made by Salazar’s lawyer were few. More interventions to defend the  witness’ right against self-incrimination were made by Fujimori’s lawyer, Nakazaki.


2. Julio Salazar Monroe’s testimony – The most relevant aspects of Salazar’s testimony were:


The SIN had intelligence analysts

When the state prosecutor asked if the SIN had intelligence agents, Salazar answered: “it depends on how you interpret it, because it’s a very broad concept […] The SIN didn’t have operative intelligence agents; what the SIN had were intelligence analysts.”


Fujimori ordered Salazar to give Montesinos money from the SIN budget

Salazar testified that when he was director of the SIN, Fujimori ordered him to give money from the SIN (from Reserve 1 and Reserve 2) to Vladimiro Montesinos. The witness did not remember when exactly he received this order from Fujimori. Also, when Salazar gave this information, his defense lawyer requested to speak to him. After the lawyer talked to the witness, the state prosecutor asked Salazar if it was true that he received Fujimori’s order to give SIN money to Montesinos. The witness confirmed that this was true.


Salazar admitted that he ordered the money to be delivered, which was done through Col. José Villalobos Candela, who at that time was head of the SIN’s office administration. Salazar also indicated that Fujimori approved his own accountability through a supreme resolution.


Vladimiro Montesinos had SIN staff at his disposal

The witness admitted that Montesinos had SIN staff members — including some active Peruvian military personnel — at his disposal, although as SIN director, Salazar did not know what work these staff members carried out. Furthermore, the witness did not know about an additional account that was supposedly managed by Montesinos in the SIN, where monthly payments were made to various non-SIN employees, nor did he know that this account had US$600,000.

The witness also stated that he was unaware that seven private safes were installed in Montesinos’ private offices.


Montesinos’ role at the SIN

Salazar reiterated that “Mr. Vladimiro was advisor to the High Office and personal advisor of the country’s president.” However, he admitted not knowing if Montesinos had a parallel agenda to the SIN’s, since he had absolute independence in the assignments the president gave him. It is important to remember that previously, SIN advisors Pedro Huertas Caballero and Rafael Merino Bartet, have testified before the Judicial Power that they only received orders and were accountable to Montesinos. However Salazar said he never knew about this.


Montesinos and the SIN tapes (“Vladivideos”)

Salazar said that as SIN director he never knew about the meetings that Montesinos held and filmed in Salazar’s offices. The witness said he never found out about the videos (commonly referred to “Vladivideos” by Peruvians) and was similarly unaware that various politicians and judges met in the offices, such as:

1. Jaime Beltrán Quiroga, former Supreme Court member

2. Alex Kouri, Luz Salgado (member of Fujimori’s political party), Absalón Vásquez (currently being tried for the forging of signatures, used to nominate Fujimori as a presidential candidate in the 2000 elections)

3.  Daniel Borobio

4. Julio Vera Abad

Though these meetings were carried out during workdays at the SIN and in Salazar’s offices, Salazar indicated that Montesinos never asked him for authorization to hold these meetings or to film them.


On Plan Cipango

The witness claimed that the Plan Cipango document had no validity whatsoever, saying: “not even an illiterate person in the army does this,” and “this plan has no signature,” and also “it is not an authentic document.” These statements contradict what was said by Gen. Santiago Martin Rivas and former Col. Víctor Raúl Silva Mendoza.


3. Next session will continue with Julio Salazar Monroe

At the next session on Friday, June 13th, the prosecution will continue with its examination. According to statements made by one of the lawyers for the victims’ families, Ronald Gamarra, Vladimiro Montesinos is expected to begin his testimony on June 20.


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