Public prosecutor, José Peláez Bardales told press that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 25-year sentence against former president Alberto Fujimori for rights violations was “inevitable” based on the evidence presented.
In a brief interview with Fujimori on Trial on Jan. 13, Peláez said with irony that Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakazaki, has lost it and needs to read up on law and Peruvian criminal proceedings.
The prosecutor’s reaction stems from Nakazaki’s recent claims that he has “new evidence” favoring his client, which he plans to present to the Supreme Court despite the fact that the former president’s trial has officially concluded.
“Evidence can no longer be presented, the trial is over,” said Peláez. “The truth is that there is no evidence that favors Fujimori because it has been proven in detail that he is guilty … I think that Nakzaki is still in shock,” he added.
The public prosecutor claimed that testimonies, documents, videos, audios and other evidence all gave more than sufficient proof that the former president headed an organized power structure that carried out extrajudicial murders.
Throughout the course of the interview, Peláez seemed completely sure of the sentence made against Fujimori and believes his government was corrupt and abused norms for its own benefit.
Meanwhile, congressional president, Luis Alva Castro, considered that Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 25-year prison sentence against the former leader “must be respected.”
This stance is notable given the division between members of the incumbent party, some of whom support Fujimori.
“It is their decision and in my opinion it doesn’t serve much purpose to comment, rather we need to simply respect it and comply with it,” said Alva Castro.