January 25, 2008
La República published a report which shows that César Nakazaki’s affirmations about the manual created by intelligence agents, headed by Martín Rivas, were false. Nakazaki had said that this manual was the first that was created and that it allowed them to understand Shining Path’s structure. But in the report, reference is made to two other reports that had been previously drafted by the Peruvian army.
The principal leader of the Fujimorista association “Vamos Vecino,” Absalón Vásquez Villanueva, was taken to the Lima prison San Jorge, after being sentenced to 7 years for the case of false signatures.
Today former military officers José Tena Jacinto and José Alarcón Gonzáles will give their testimonies in the trial of Alberto Fujimori. Tena is expected to reiterate that the Colina Group had the backing of the Special Forces Division.
Fujimori-supporting congressman, Alejandro Aguinaga, qualified analyst Fernando Rospigliosi as “mononeural,” in response to the analyst’s comment that there could be terrorist groups financed by Fujimorism.
January 24, 2008
The former president has been compromised by a speech made by Nicolás Hermoza Ríos in 1992, in which he tells the Colina Group members that then president, Alberto Fujimori, would take all political responsibility for their actions.
Fujimorista and former Agriculture Minister, Absalón Vásquez, was condemned to seven years in prison for the case of false signatures. Former presidential advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, received an 8-year sentence.
The judiciary condemned leaders of the Fujimorista grouping: ex-minister Absalón Vásquez Villanueva, current congressman Rolando Reátegui and the former advisor Migdonio Bellota, for the massive signature falsification of those supporting the Fujimorista political party Vamos Vecino in 2000.
The National Penitentiary Institute resolved that General Nicolás Hermoza Ríos must return to the San Jorge prison, after a team of doctors declared him in better health. Since October 2007, the general implicated in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases had been transferred to the Military Hospital due to a cyst in his lower jaw.
Intelligence agent, Marco Flores Alván, assured that Vladimiro Montesinos directed the Colina Group and gave the green light to the operation that committed the Barrios Altos killing.
In the small prison of the judiciary, Absalón Vásquez was held after being condemned for the case of false signatures from the year 2000. In the next few days, the National Penitentiary Institute will decide which prison Vásquez will serve his sentence in.
Analyst Fernando Rospigliosi reiterated the is that possibility “Fujimorism” intends to create anxiety among Peruvians and attribute it to the Shining Path, in order to remind them that it was during Alberto Fujimori’s government that Shining Path leader, Abimael Guzmán, was captured. Similarly, he warned that “Kenyi Fujimori has formed a security company of retired military and police officers with very particular characteristics, which could eventually commit some kind of crime. For this reason, the state should be very watchful.”
Former Colina group agent, Marco Flores Alván testified in the human rights trial of Alberto Fujimori that the order for the Barrios Altos operation was given by Vladimiro Montesinos. He also said that Montesinos had given a memo of congratulation from Alberto Fujimori to the death squad.
During the trial of Fujimori for human rights violations, former administrative secretary of paramilitary group “Colina,” Marcos Flores Albán, said that Vladimiro Montesinos gave the order for the Barrios Altos killing on Nov. 3, 1991, where 15 people were killed.
Marcos Flores Alván, Colina group member, testified that he had never seen Alberto Fujimori in the areas assigned to the Colina Group nor with the members of army intelligence. “I never knew if Montesinos gave him updates on the group and Montesinos never said he was the ex-president’s advisor,” he confirmed.
Lawyer César Nakazaki demonstrated—according to La Razón—that the congratulation speech by Hermoza Ríos to the Colina Group was not specifically directed to the death squad, but to all the intelligence analysts.
January 23, 2008
Journalist Juan Paredes Castro wrote an editorial on the role of Santiago Fujimori in his brother, Alberto Fujimori’s government. Paredes assures that “Fujimorism” would have had more luck if the former president had not pushed his brother away from his political circle.
Miguel Jugo, executive director of Association Pro Human Rights, said that Santiago Fujimori’s declarations warning against a possible civil war in the case that his brother is condemned, are “typical boasts.”
The Supreme Resolution denies ties to lawyer César Nakasaki, who said last Monday that General Oswaldo Hanke Velasco was discharged in 1989, when in reality it was done in 1992. This revelation is important because journalist Edmundo Cruz confirmed in the trial that he had proof of a conversation in 1990 between Hanke and intelligence agents. However, Nakasaki tried to deny that this conversation was possible, by saying that the general had been discharged in 1989.
The Sixth Anticorruption Court issued its sentence today for the leaders of the Fujimorista group “Vamos Vecino,” headed by Absalón Vásquez, for the crime of falsifying signatures in order to register the party for the 2000 elections.
Colina Group members will be examined today in the trial of Alberto Fujimori for the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases. Guillermo Supo, who directed one of three activities carried out by “Colina,” will also testify, as well as José Alarcón, Marco Flores Albán and José Tena Jacinto.
January 22, 2008
In the human rights trial against Fujimori, journalist Ricardo Uceda presented the shovel which was supposedly used by Colina Group members to bury the bodies of the professor and nine students from La Cantuta.
Alberto Fujimori’s brother, Santiago Fujimori, said that if his brother is condemned, there will be a civil war. This declaration was made to a local radio station after trying to explain the statement of his nephew, Kenji Fujimori, who mentioned the possibility of freeing his father on achieving the one million signatures necessary to legalize their new party, Force 2011.
Journalist from the research unit of newspaper La República, Edmundo Cruz, gave his testimony as witness in the trial of Alberto Fujimori. Cruz’s work was to research the origin and line of action of the Colina Group. In court, Cruz explained his findings and presented the documents, exchanged between Fujimori and the Army Personal Command, including memos of congratulation to the Colina Group.
“The Fujimoristas are trying to politicize the trial of Alberto Fujimori by proving that on Apr. 5, 1995 I was arrested and not kidnapped,” said Prime Minister Jorge Del Castillo. He also assured that what happened on the day of the coup was not an isolated act, but part of a master plan to “disappear” people who made the government uncomfortable.
Political analyst Matín Tanaka signaled that the creation of a new Fujimori-supporting political party reveals the Fujimoristas’ confusion and desperation. La República has published an extensive interview with Tanaka.
Santiago Fujimori said that to create a new Fujimorista party is “a very questionable decision, apparently irrational in the short term.”
Similarly, Fujimorista congressman, Renzo Reggiardo, said that the decision is not the best since there are already various Fujimorista parties.
La Razón assures that the research carried out by journalist Ricardo Uceda were not conclusive on the participation and responsibility of Alberto Fujimori in the killings of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta. “I will frankly say, I have not obtained direct testimonies of previous knowledge of this acts [Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases] from members of government,” he confirmed.
Uceda also said that the first name of the Colina Group was Scorpio and that its beginning dates back to Alan García’s first government.
Journalist Edmundo Cruz could not sustain his declarations about former president Alberto Fujimori’s knowledge of the executions at Barrios Altos and La Cantuta. Cruz admitted that his sources who gave indications that Fujimori had asked about the Colina Group to former general, Nicolás Hermoza Ríos, were third party.
January 21, 2008
Political analyst Alberto Adrianzén believes that Fujimoristas do not have the same level of support as before and that their attempt to form a new political party is weak. He also seemed skeptical of the decision to name Fujimori’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, as presidential candidate.
The ambulance designated for emergencies at the San Pedro prison, it seems, has now been exclusively assigned to Alberto Fujimori in the police headquarters at Diroes, where the trial is taking place. This has caused uneasiness among San Pedro inmates since the prison has only one ambulance for 8 thousand prisoners.
On the television program Cuarto Poder (Fourth Power), Alberto Fujimori’s son, Kenji Fujimori, said that by obtaining the million signatures necessary to create their new pro-Fujimori political party, a “passport to freedom” will be achieved for his father.