December 24, 2008
I. Trial suspended. At the beginning of the session, the Court decided to suspend the hearing today in response to recommendations from the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) and the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML).
According to INPE doctors, Alberto Fujimori — who was not present during the session — experienced stomach problems last night, along with dehydration and discomfort. The Court consequently ordered for the IML doctor to evaluate the defendant’s health.
After a brief recess, Dr. Eloy Loayza from the IML reported that Fujimori is currently suffering from stomach pain and a dry tongue. The former president said he also had diarrhea the previous night. Dr. Loayza announced that appropriate medical treatment has already been initiated.
The trial was once again suspended due to Fujimori’s health problems.
II. Next session. The Court ordered for the trial to be suspended until Monday, Dec. 29.
The current trial against Vladimiro Montesinos, Fujimori’s former advisor, will also resume on Dec. 29. This trial is for the supposed one million dollars that Montesinos received from Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in order to finance Fujimori’s presidential campaign in 1990. The verdict is expected in March 2009.