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Military officials confirm audios’ authenticity

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments

undefined December 19, 2008

One hundred thirty-first session. The trial continued with the phase of recognizing the audio and video evidence presented.

I. Recognizing the audios and videosAudios of conversations recorded in 1994 by Jesús Sosa Saavedra were played in court. The conversations were between Sosa and other military officials, including former head of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE) Enrique Oliveros Pérez and former director of the Army Intelligence Office (DINTE) Juan Nolberto Rivero Lazo, while they were imprisoned in military quarters for the La Cantuta crime.

 In the audios and videos:

1. In the first audio, Rivero Lazo is heard requesting the imprisoned military officials to have patience and talks to them of a possible amnesty law which the government would pass for their benefit. Sosa, as well as Julio Chuqui Aguirre and Nelson Carbajal García all complain to Rivero Lazo and Oliveros Pérez, saying they had not been given houses, medical attention and money for their families as they had been promised. They further requested better prison conditions and a more flexible visitor schedule.

  • 1.1.Recognition:

Rivero Lazo stated he could hear the audios with difficulty, but confirmed: “the things I talked about with Sosa are spoken there.”

The other military officials – Carbajal García,  Chuqui Aguirre, Sosa Saavedra and Federico Navarro Pérez – all recognized their voices as well. However, Carlos Pichilingüe affirmed that his voice was not present in the audio.

Public Prosecutor’s opinion. According to the Public Prosecutor, this evidence demonstrates a strategy of impunity, implemented by Fujimori’s government to protect the military officials who carried out orders to apply a dirty war.

Opinion of lawyers for the victims’ families. Lawyer Carlos Rivera argued that this evidence proves that a political agreement was being negotiated since 1994 to give amnesty to the SIE agents who were committing human rights violations.

undefinedOpinion of Fujimori’s lawyer. According to César Nakazaki, Fujimori’s principal defense lawyer, the audios lack evidential value and were obtained illegally, thus violating rights to privacy and the privilege against self-incrimination.

Fujimori’s words. At the end of the trial session, Fujimori said the Cantuta law was a proposal from the Defense Ministry, approved by the Justice Ministry. He also said that while terrorism was under control in 1995, it was still necessary to find a political solution. He denied that the Amnesty Law was passed to benefit the Colina Military Detachment as well as the existence of a clandestine dirty war. 

II. Next session.

For the next session, to be held on Monday, Dec. 22, the following witnesses have been cited:

  • Luisa María Cuculiza, pro-Fujimori congresswoman
  • Juan Briones Dávila,  former Secretary of the Interior who is currently condemned to 10 years in prison for the April 5, 1992 coup d’état
  • Nicolás de Bari Hermoza Ríos, former chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces and Commander General of the Peruvian Army
  • José Luis Bazán Adrianzén, former Colina agent