Seventy-fourth session. Former military general and National Intelligence Service (SIN) director, Julio Salazar Monroe continued his testimony, answering the questions of Fujimori’s defense lawyer regarding the legality and formality of the work carried out in the SIN.
1. Incidents during the hearing:
Lawyers for the victims’ families believe there could already be an agreement between Fujimori’s and Montesinos’ lawyers.
After Salazar, Alberto Fujimori’s former presidential advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, will be summoned to testify. The Public Prosecutor (formal accusation, p. 30) indicates Montesinos as the person through whom Fujimori exercised his power over the Colina military detachment.
However, lawyer Carlos Rivera claims he wouldn’t be surprised if there is already some kind of agreement between the two men’s lawyers so that Montesinos does not incriminate Fujimori.
2. Julio Salazar Monroe’s testimony – Salazar answered the extensive questions of Fujimori’s lawyer (who is also his own lawyer), which were based on trying to confirm that the SIN’s work was guided by legality. The most relevant parts of the witness’ testimony were:
Vladimiro Montesinos, link between the SIN and the president
Salazar admitted that between 1991 and 1992 – when he was director of the SIN – he dealt with Fujimori through Montesinos, who was supposedly only a SIN advisor, since the president could not receive him directly on account of his frequent travels.
Vladimiro Montesinos and the management of SIN money
The witness reiterated that it was Fujimori who gave the order to give Montesinos access to Reserve 1 and Reserve 2 in the SIN. Though the witness does not know the exact destination of this money – he was never informed, despite his being SIN director – since the money went to “private actions,” he assumes it was used for social work.
Montesinos and SIN meetings
Though Salazar claims that he was not informed on the missions entrusted to Montesinos, he saw the meetings that Montesinos had with government ministers, congressmen, magistrates from the Judicial Power and National Electoral Board, military officials, police officers and other government officials.
When the witness was asked if this policy of Montesinos’ meetings in the SIN was the same in 1991-1992 and 1997-1998, he first responded that yes, the policy was similar. However, after the defense’s reformulation of the question, the witness changed his answer, saying that there was an increase in Montesinos’ meetings.
Montesinos in the National Defense Council: Yes and no
Though Salazar said in the last session that Montesinos had participated in the National Defense Council meetings as SIN advisor, he claimed during this session that Montesinos participated in Superior Intelligence Council meetings, but not in National Defense Council meetings, which were presided by Fujimori. However, he later admitted that Montesinos accompanied Fujimori to the National Defense Council meetings.
Montesinos and military corruption
During the last session, the witness did not know how to clearly explain why three unrelated military officials were included in the analysis group that was personally congratulated by the president, resulting in their promotion. However, during this session Salazar clearly stated that the person who proposed placing these three officials in the analysis group was Vladimiro Montesinos, attributing this corrupt looking gesture to Montesinos.
3. Next session will continue with Julio Salazar Monroe
The session on Friday, June 27 will only take place during the morning. Fujimori’s lawyer will continue his examination of Julio Salazar Monroe, which will be followed by the judges’ questions. Vladimiro Montesinos is expected to testify in the following session on Monday, June 30.