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Prosecution Continues Presenting Evidence that shows Military Squadron Colina´s affiliation with Peru’s Armed Forces.

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

October 6, 2008.

One hundred forth session.

1.  The Criminal Trial against Alberto Fujimori for Human Rights Violations

The documents presented in this session sought to show:

1)      The conformation of the Military Squadron Colina within the structure of the Peruvian Army.

2)      The Military Squadron Colina’s activities, as a criminal organization charged with executing the dirty war; designed, planned, and executed within the National Intelligence Service (NIS) under Fujimori’s orders.

3)      Allocation of weaponry and logistic resources to the Military Squadron Colina.

4)      Constitution of the company COMPRANSA (company that served as the facade of the Military Squadron Colina).

The evidence pertaining to the Military Squadron Colina:

1)      Decisions of proceedings in which documents were presented as exhibits; these proceedings were conducted in 2002 by Judge Victoria Sanchez Espinoza and records were made in the files of:

a.       The Army’s General Command Headquarters.

b.      The Office of Army Intelligence, which is found within the installations of the Army’s General Command Headquarters.

c.       The Army’s Intelligence Service, which is also located in the back part of the Army’s General Command Headquarters.

2)      Minutes from October 31, 2002, which contain information that Marcos Flores Albán, former agent of the Military Squadron Colina, delivered documents confirming the existence of the Squadron Colina to the Public Ministry.

3)      Various official documents, reports, memorandum, requests for withdrawals or fictitious casualty lists submitted by squadron members, sanctions, destination changes, exchanges.

All of the documents that were presented sought to prove the accusation of the Public Ministry:  the Military Squadron Colina was formed within the organizational structure of the Armed Forces, which was comprised of active members of the Peruvian Army (that it was not a paramilitary group, but a squadron within the Armed Forces) and which depended on the National Intelligence Service (whose real leader was Vladimiro Montesinos).This squadron, according to the Public Ministry, executed actions planned during the Plan Cipango.

2. The Issue of Fujimori’s Defense:

As might be expected, Fujimori’s lawyer questioned the documents and said that none of them showed that Alberto Fujimori gave any order that the crimes of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta be carried out.

1)      In the same manner, Fujimori’s lawyer objected to the documents from the legal proceedings conducted by Judge Victoria Sánchez Espinoza, arguing that during these proceedings the only participants were the Judiciary and the Public Ministry; there was no participation on part of the defense of Alberto Fujimori, and Fujimori was not party to these proceedings.

2)      Regarding the Act of Reception of documents of Marcos Flores Albán, Fujimori’s lawyer asserted that the documents had no probative value because the information was given within a procedure of effective cooperation.

3)      Finally, Fujimori’s lawyer stated that none of the documents that were presented during this session’s arguments made reference to the Plan Cipango.

3.  Next Session.

There will not be a session Wednesday, October 8 because it is a non-working holiday in Peru.  The next session will take place Friday, October 10.