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Salazar confirms closeness between Fujimori and Montesinos

June 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

June 20, 2008

Seventy-second session. Former military official Julio Salazar Monroe, who was the former head of the National Intelligence Service (SIN), continued his testimony.

1. Incidents during the hearing:

Fujimori’s health considered stable

According to the report given by the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML, for its initials in Spanish), Fujimori was transferred on June 19 to the Institute of Neoplastic Diseases in order to remove the stitches from his operation. The IML reports that Fujimori’s lesion is “completely healed” and his post-operative recuperation has been very positive.


Possible date for Vladimiro Montesinos causes smiles for Fujimori and his lawyer

When the Court asked Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakazaki, how long his examination of Julio Salazar Monroe will last (in order to calculate when the next witness, Vladimiro Montesinos, should be summoned), Nakazaki responded that he still couldn’t know; that they would know in due time. This resulted in smiles for Fujimori and his lawyers. The Court has tentatively fixed June 30 as the date for Montesinos’ testimony.

Vladimiro Montesinos, Fujimori’s former advisor and “key part” (as testified by Julio Salazar Monroe as well as Fujimori himself), is considered by the Public Prosecutor (formal accusation, page 30) to be the person through whom Fujimori exercised his power over the Colina detachment. Additionally, in the declassified documents sent by the United States government, it states that an army official from the SIN who helped in the Barrios Altos massacre was willing to talk. The official said that SIN advisor Vladimiro Montesinos and Gen. Salazar could be linked to Barrios Altos and other crimes. 


2. Julio Salazar Monroe’s testimony – The most relevant parts of the witness’ testimony:


Fujimori and Montesinos

According to Salazar, in 1991 Vladimiro Montesinos had meetings almost daily in the Government Palace with Alberto Fujimori. The witness said he is aware of this because Montesinos himself told him about the meetings.


Contradictions continue

At first, Salazar, as head of the SIN, claimed he did not order any arrests as a result of the April 5, 1992 coup d’état since he claimed it was not the SIN’s function. However, a few minutes later he had to admit that the SIN has carried out “undue” arrests, such as that of Peruvian businessman Samuel Dyer Ampudia.


He also said that he was aware of the arrests of Samuel Dyer and journalist Gustavo Gorriti through “an open source,” meaning he found out through the newspapers, radio or television, but did not find out through the intelligence channels, even though he was the director of the SIN.


3. Next session will continue with Julio Salazar Monroe’s testimony

During the next session on Monday, June 23, which will only take place in the morning, the lawyers for the victims’ families will examine Salazar Monroe.


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