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Public Prosecutor’s Office attempts to demonstrate links between Colina and SIN

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October 10, 2008

One hundred fifth session. The Public Prosecutor’s Office continued to present documents that demonstrate the following part of its accusation: “ALBERTO FUJIMORI FUJIMORI freely and spontaneously took on a counter-subversive struggle according to the indicated terms, meaning he also took the decision to be leader of the group “COLINA” and is thus responsible for their actions and activities” (first paragraph, page 34).


In the current criminal trial, it has already been demonstrated that the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta crimes are among the activities carried out by the Colina Detachment.


1. Incidents during the hearing


The Public Prosecutor’s Office presented documents based on two issues:


1.     Financing for the Colina Detachment’s activities

2.     Links between the Colina Detachment and the high commands of the Peruvian Army and the National Intelligence Service (SIN)

Financing for the Colina Detachment — The documents presented were:

  1. Secret supreme decrees from the years 1991, 1992 and 1993, as well as reports and legal documents that indicate money transfers from the national budget to the SIN.

1.1.        Legal Document No. 119-91 SIN, on Oct. 1, 1991, signed by the official SIN chief, at that time Julio Salazar Monroe (who is currently condemned to 35 years of prison for the La Cantuta crime), and directed by the then Vice Minister of Economy, Alfredo Jalilie Awapara. In these legal documents, a budget increase is requested, which Salazar Monroe argues is necessary for the “realization of operative and strategic intelligence activities entrusted by the country’s president” (then Alberto Fujimori).

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, this is proof that the SIN carried out operative intelligence in the counter-subversive struggle and had a special budget that was approved by former President Fujimori.

1.2.        Receipts, bank statements of Colina Detachment members, payroll slips to collaborators for operations plans, receipt of the members’ paid expenses. Highlighted in this group are four receipts in the name of Douglas Arteaga Pascual (aka. “Abadía”), among which there is a pay to “collaborators” dated before the Barrios Altos massacre, which was carried out on Nov. 3, 1991.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s office, these documents are evidence that Colina Detachment managed money and carried out intelligence activities. Furthermore, “Abadía” had a significant role in the Barrios Altos crime.

Links between the Colina Detachment and high commands in the Peruvian Army and SIN — The documents presented were:


2.2.  Documents related to the arrest of army intelligence agent Mesmer Carles Talledo for alleged betrayal in the SIN in 1992.


Disagreement from Fujimori’s lawyer


As has happened since the beginning of the evidence phase, Fujimori’s lawyer César Nakazaki questioned the evidence presented by the Public Prosecutor’s Office:


Nakazaki said that the evidence seeking to demonstrate the Colina Detachment’s financing has “a pattern of problems in evidence effectiveness,” since in no part is it mentioned that the SIN financed this military group. Nakazaki also argued that none of the documents presented demonstrates that Alberto Fujimori ordered a dirty war strategy to combat the subversive group Shining Path.


Regarding the collaborators’ pay receipts and payrolls, presented to the Court by witness Marcos Flores Albán, Nakazaki claimed that the documents prove this witness did not act under the good faith principle since he never mentioned the documents during official investigations. Instead, Nakazaki argued, Flores Albán only handed in the documents after he secured the benefits of voluntary collaboration. Thus according to Nakazaki, since these documents do not have the “signature or stamp of the issuing body, we question their authenticity. They are [Flores Albán’s] transcriptions in order to create information and have access to benefits.”


In relation to Mesmer Carles Talledo’s arrest, Nakazaki did not argue whether it was legal or illegal, rather he simply stated that the SIN had power to arrest people and could carry out investigations on these cases.


2. Next session 


The next session will be on Monday, October 13 and the Public Prosecutor’s Office will continue to read the document evidence in order to demonstrate its accusation.