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Fujimori’s health suspends session once again

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(Fujimori. Photo: Judicial Power)

October 22, 2008

One hundred tenth session. The Public Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence to demonstrate Alberto Fujimori’s command responsibility in the “Sótanos SIE (Army Intelligence Service, SIE Basements)” kidnappings. However, the trial session was once again suspended due to Fujimori’s health. 

1. Fujimori’s trial for human rights violations

 

Audio and Videos

At the beginning of the trial session, the Court ordered for the Public Prosecutor, the lawyers for the victims’ families and Fujimori’s defense team to concisely explain which part of each audio and/or video should be watched or listened to.

 

Evidence presented by the Public Prosecutor’s Office

During this session, the Public Prosecutor continued to present evidence in order to demonstrate Fujimori’s command responsibility in the “SIE Basements” kidnappings of businessman Samuel Dyer and journalist Gustavo Gorriti.

According to the Public Prosecutor, the documents presented reflect the role played by the National Intelligence Service (SIN) in these kidnappings: “they demonstrate the role that the National Intelligence Service had in planning, designing and executing the coup d’état on April 5, 1992, as well as kidnapping persons, such as journalist Gustavo Gorriti.” Likewise, the Public Prosecutor asserted that Rafael Merino Bartet, former SIN political advisor, confirmed the author of this evidence.

Public Prosecutor Avelino Guillén presented and argued the evidential value of the following documents:

1.     The presidential message to the nation, published April 6, 1992 in local newspaper El Comercio, in which Fujimori warned that as Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces and National Police Force, he would take all necessary actions to ensure order and safety for citizens.

2.     A document “order” dated April 5, 1992 and signed by Nicolás Hermoza Ríos, then Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces. Hermoza Ríos is currently being tried for corruption and human rights violations and is represented by César Nakazaki, the same lawyer as Fujimori.

3.     The “delivery order” and “arrest order” documents from April 1992. In the first, Alan Garía Pérez’s supposed “delivery” in good health to the relevant authorities is mentioned. García is the current president of Peru and was also president from 1985-1990, the period before Fujimori came to office.

According to the Public Prosecutor, all of this evidence demonstrates that “the kidnappings of journalists, politicians and businessmen was decided in the SIN,” which were planned along with the coup d’état on April 5, 1992.

Questioning from Fujimori’s defense

Fujimori’s defense during this session, headed by Gladys Vallejo Santa María and Adolfo Pinedo Rojas (his principal lawyer César Nakazaki was not present), argued that the evidence presented was “only documental drafts” and debated the fact that the documents submitted by Merino Bartet were of judicial value.

Likewise, they said that the documents do not prove that Fujimori ordered the kidnapping of Gustavo Gorriti.

 

2. Incidents

 

Fujimori’s health

In the middle of the session, the Court Secretary read the medical report from the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) and National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), which recommended a 24-hour rest and gastroenterological examination for the defendant due to acute stomach problems and dehydration.

 

Accordingly, the Court suspended the rest of the session and ordered for these medical recommendations to be realized the following day in the National Institute of Neoplastic Illnesses (INEN).

 

3. Next session

The next session will take place on Friday, Oct. 24.

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