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Barrios Altos and La Cantuta victims were not Shining Path members, according to police information

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

(Witness Bendicto Jiménez Baca. Photo: Judicial Power) 

 August 11, 2008

Eighty-ninth session. Benedicto Jiménez Baca, former head of the Special Intelligence Group (GEIN) and police colonel, testified during this session. Jiménez said that according to police information, the La Cantuta and Barrios Altos victims were never part of the subversive group Shining Path. 

1.  Incidents surrounding the criminal trial


Strange supreme decree

An Aug. 11 article publicized a supreme decree from the executive, issued on July 8 of this year, that simplifies the procedure for a prisoner with dual nationality to request to return to his country of origin. Alberto Fujimori is a citizen of Peru and Japan.


Accusation against director of Fujimori’s prison for calls to Japan

The Public Prosecutor’s Office accused Alejandro Castro Ángeles — director of Fujimori’s penitentiary center — of embezzlement (article 387 of the Peruvian Criminal Code) for allegedly using two government cell phones to make calls to Japan in March and April of this year. Fujimori lived in Japan several years as a fugitive from Peruvian justice and his current wife, Satomi Kataoka, still resides there. The number called in Japan is: 276385292.

Pro-Fujimori Congressman Santiago Fujimori (the former president’s brother), has stated that Alberto Fujimori has a right to two international calls each month, but has not made use of this right to date.


2. Jiménez Baca’s testimony– Among the most relevant parts of the former police official’s testimony are: 

Liaison between the DINCOTE and SIN

The witness said that in February 1991, Alberto Fujimori appointed him as the official liaison between the National Counter-Terrorism Office (DINCOTE, part of the National Police Force) and the National Intelligence Service (SIN). For this reason, the witness said he met twice with police officer Marco Miyashiro: “They realized we were on the right track and they wanted our information. We had to go to the SIN for meetings with the intelligence community along with then police chief Marco Miyashiro.”


Analysis Group

Jiménez said that after the police’s Special Intelligence Group, or GEIN, obtained a lot of information on the Shining Path in a raid carried out on Jan. 31, 1991, the “Analysis Group” — formed by Roberto Paucar Carvajal, Fernando Rodríguez Zalbabeascoa, Santiago Martín Rivas and Carlos Pichilingüe — came to the DINCOTE, supposedly to analyze this information. However, the DINCOTE never received any document written by this group. 


The witness also said that in June 1991, he told the Analysis Group that there was no more documentation to go over. Consequently he had to go to the SIN and explain why there was no more documentation, at which the SIN director expressed his displeasure. Jiménez also mentioned that Vladimiro Montesinos was present at this meeting.


GEIN’s capture of Shining Path leaders

The witness also confirmed that the GEIN captured Shining Path leaders Víctor Zavala Cataño, Tito Valle Travesaño and Yovanka Pardavé, and that later, members of the Analysis Group went to the GEIN to take the leaders, but Jiménez objected.


Barrios Altos and La Cantuta victims were innocent

According to the police officials who captured Abimael Guzmán, the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta crimes were not just excesses as military officials call them, rather they were “barbarities” and the “antithesis of intelligence.” Furthermore, police investigations determined that the victims of these crimes were not Shining Path leaders or even members, and never gave any support to this subversive group.


Jiménez testified: “It’s impossible to think that a group of Shining Path leaders or militants live together in a building on Barrios Altos. They lived dispersed and only got together for certain occasions. The kids from La Cantuta […] were not subversive leaders, they were a group of artists who liked music and that was it […] They were not responsible for the Tarata attack.”


3.  Next session

At the end of the session, the Court President announced that the next session would take place on Wednesday, Aug. 13 and that Rafael Merino Bartet, former SIN political advisor, would be summoned to testify.