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Fujimori’s children leave during victim’s testimony

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Eighth day of trials. In this hearing, the Supreme Court Judges’ examination of Fujimori concluded. The former Peruvian president repeated that “Montesinos was an important person in the National Intelligence Service and in intelligence plans.” However, Fujimori did not blame Vladimir Montesinos for any human rights violations committed during his government. Currently, Montesinos faces 76 criminal trials in Perú for corruption, drug trafficking and human rights violations, in which his declarations could affect Fujimori in his own trials. For civil lawyer Gloria Cano, Fujimori’s treatment of Montesinos could be part of a trial strategy if both of them decide to keep silence regarding one another in their respective trials.

The first victim, Tomás Livias Ortega, 46, who was attacked on Nov. 3, 1991 in the Barrios Altos massacre, gave his testimony. Livias stated that about five people wearing hoods came to the party and shot the guests, he himself receiving 27 shots in the back, leaving him paraplegic. Livias also mentioned that while he was in the hospital, two people came to visit, presenting themselves as military personnel, and told him: “do not say anything against President Fujimori – he is going to help you in your operations and everything you need.”

As Livias spoke, Fujimori remained serious, never looking at the victim until after Livias finshed his testimony.

After a court recess, the second victim, Alfonso Rodas Alvites, who was shot in the stomach and face at the Barrios Altos shooting, gave his testimony. Fujimori’s son and daughters, Kenyi, Keiko and Sachi Fujimori, left the court room during the hearing for the first time since the beginning of the trial.

As Fujimori listened to Rodas’ testimony, he remained serious, avoiding eye contact with Rodas until after the testimony, as he had done earlier with Livias.

At the end of the hearing, the President of the Court, César San Martín, asked Fujimori if he had anything to say, but the former president kept silence.

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