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Public Prosecutor’s Office continues to present documents in attempts to show Fujimori’s command responsibility in Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres

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Public Prosecutor Avelino Guillén. Photo: Judicial Power. 

October 13, 2008

One hundred sixth session. The Public Prosecutor’s Office continued reading the documents presented as evidence in order to prove, in accordance with its accusation, that Alberto Fujimori Fujimori has command responsibility for the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres, perpetrated by the Colina Military Detachment.

1. Criminal trial against Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations

During this session, the documents presented by the Public Prosecutor’s Office were based on two issues:

1.     Ties that the National Intelligence Service (SIN) and Peruvian Army high commands had with the Colina Military Detachment

2.     The crimes perpetrated by the Colina Detachment: Barrios Altos and La Cantuta

Ties between Colina and the SIN and Peruvian Army high commands

The Public Prosecutor’s Office offered as evidence:

1. Decorating Colina members with the Peace Ribbon: 28 former agents of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE), including Pedro Supo Sánchez, Nelson Carbajal García and Jesús Sosa Saavedra. At that time, Carbajal García and Sosa Saavedra has already been condemned by the military courts for the La Cantuta massacre.

2. Praising SIE members through a lunch given by Nicolás Hermoza Ríos, then President of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, held on June 27, 1992 in the Army General Command. At the lunch, Hermoza Ríos gave a speech acknowledging their contributions in the counter-subversive struggle.

3. A communiqué found in a SIN computer, which was submitted to the Judicial Power by former SIN political advisor, Rafael Merino Bartet. This document describes the capture of political leader Yehude Simon Munaro (recently named Primer Minister of Peru on Oct. 11) and former Congressman Javier Diez Canseco. This arrest was allegedly carried out in order to investigate these politicians’ possible connections to subversive groups. Public Prosecutor Avelino Guillén stated that he would request an investigation into the crimes regarding the attempt to assassinate Simon Munaro and Diez Canseco. (These attempts have already been explained in greater detail by seven Colina agents who have testified in this criminal trial. The former agents claimed that these attempts were not carried out because they did not receive the “green light” to execute them.)

4. Efficiency report from Col. Fernando Rodríguez Zabalbeascoa, who was designated as chief of the Colina Military Detachment. The report indicates that he has “conducted special intelligence operations in excellent form.” According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, all of these documents “give credit to the ties between the army high commands and the Colina Detachment, which executed the dirty war.”

However, according to Fujimori’s defense lawyer, all of these documents are questionable since they present problems of authenticity.

Crimes perpetrated by the Colina Detachment: Barrios Altos and La Cantuta

Regarding the evidence packet on Fujimori’s knowledge of strategies used during his government in the counter-subversive struggle, the documents presented were:

1. President Fujimori’s Message to the Nation, read on July 28, 1991 in Congress.

2. The book “Lecciones de este siglo” (Lessons from this Century), by Gen. Nicolás Hermoza Ríos.

3. Newspaper articles with Fujimori’s statements while he was president (1990-2000).

3. Next session

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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