Session suspended seven more days at request of Fujimori’s lawyer
September 22, 2008
1. Incidents during the hearing
No news on Fujimori’s health
As previously mentioned, the Court has not made any announcement to date on Fujimori’s health, even though he was required to get exams on Sept. 5 for a pancreatic cyst. However, Fujimori is currently in good spirits, unlike previous sessions where he slept during the witness’ testimony.
During the Sept. 15 session, the Court decided to suspend the hearing for five business days in order to give the Public Prosecutor, lawyers for the victims’ families and Fujimori’s defense time to study and specify what evidence will be used in the next phase of the trial.
However, Fujimori’s lawyer requested an extension of five more business days in order to better prepare his client’s defense. The Public Prosecutor and the lawyers for the victims’ families accepted, leading the Court to also approve the request. The next session will be on Monday, Sept. 29 without fail. The Court also asked that the prosecution and defense propose motions in writing as soon as possible in order to determine what document evidence will be read aloud.
2. Next session
Beginning next session on Sept. 29, the sessions will take place from 9am to 2pm, with one half hour recess between 11:30am and noon.
The next session will begin the final stage of Alberto Fujimori’s trial for human rights violations. This stage, known as the reading of evidence, is expected to last four weeks. Afterward, the ratification of the Public Prosecutor’s accusation will be presented, as well as the final arguments of the prosecution and defense and Fujimori’s intervention. Finally, the Court will read the sentence.