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Session suspended due to Fujimori’s health

August 18th, 2008 · No Comments

(Experts summoned to give opinion.) 

August 15, 2008

Ninety-first session. During this session, 13 experts were presented by the Prosecution in order to give their opinion. However, the session was suspended due to medical recommendations from the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) and the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) regarding former President Alberto Fujimori’s health, and the experts were not able to speak.

1.     Incidents during the hearing


Session suspended

A report from the IML and INPE informed that Fujimori had a severe gastroenterological condition, which could cause the former president to suffer a severe abdominal colic resulting in diarrhea. Thus the Court saw it necessary to suspend the session.

More contributions from international academics

Similar to George Washington University, the University of Texas has submitted an amicus curiae, which the Court President said would be available to both the defense and prosecution in order to discuss its role in this trial.


Experts in the criminal trial

Though they were not able to offer their opinion, 13 experts — seven from the national police force and six forensic doctors — were present at the session. The secretary announced that three of the experts summoned to contribute were not present. The Court cited the 13 experts for the next session, reiterating that this will be the last session to present evidence.

(César Nakazaki, Fujimori’s lawyer)

2.     Next session 


In light of the clinical diagnosis, the Court President decided to suspend the hearing and announced that the next session would be held on Monday, Aug. 18.