February 1, 2008
Writer Mario Vargas Llosa confirmed that the Peruvian judiciary is doing an impeccable job of carrying out the trial against former president Alberto Fujimori and is proof that government institutions are functioning well.
State prosecutor José Antonio Peláez claimed that he is on the brink of proving that former president, Alberto Fujimori, headed the Colina Group, and by doing so, he will prove that the ex-leader is guilty.
Congressman Mauricio Mulder asked for state prosecutor Adelaida Bolívar to be summoned as a witness in the trial against Alberto Fujimori in order to testify on how state prosecutors and judges were forced to denounce certain cases that were of interest to Fujimori supporters.
Gloria Cano, lawyer for the victims’ families, claimed that the psychology report of Julio Chuqui, presented by César Nakasaki, will not affect the powerfulness of the ex-Colina member’s testimony.
January 31, 2008
Former army intelligence agent, Julio Chuqui Aguirre, directly signaled Alberto Fujimori as the intellectual author of the Barrios Altos murders. He claimed that Santiago Martin Rivas told him, “we already have the green light from the Chino,” referring to Fujimori.
For the first time after 18 hearings in the trial against former president, Alberto Fujimori, a witness accused him of having knowledge of the murders carried out by the Colina Group during his regime. The testimony was given by Julio Chuqui Aguirre, former member of the paramilitary group.
Julio Chuqui Aguirre, who was member of the Colina Group, claimed that ex-president Alberto Fujimori headed the military command chain that approved and had knowledge of the illicit operations that this group carried out. The testimony was given at the trial against the former president for human rights violations.
Former Colina member, Julio Chuqui Aguirre, claimed that Alberto Fujimori was aware of the criminal actions of the death squad. He said that the ex-president gave the orders and made a drawing explaining the chain of command.
Alberto Fujimori spoke during the trial he faces for human rights violations, after Julio Chuqui directly accused him of being the head of the Colina Group. Fujimori reiterated that he never gave orders for annihilation.
Julio Chuqui said that while inebriated, Santiago Martin Rivas confessed that Nicolás Hermoza Ríos gave the orders for the Colina Group. But when sober, he never revealed anything.
According to Julio Chuqui Aguirre’s testimony, the Barrios Altos murders were hastily carried out by Santiago Martin Rivas. Chuqui also said that he had not known it was an operation to kill people.
January 30, 2008
The magazine Caretas published a report claiming that Shining Path leader, Abimael Guzmán, could have been captured in 1990, but that a presidential order canceled the operation. Alberto Fujimori and Vladimiro Montesinos believed that Guzmán’s capture at that time would no longer give them justification and backing for the coup d’état later in 1992.
According to the Caretas report, a police intelligence group had already confirmed Guzmán’s residence. However, when the leader’s capture was planned, commander Luis Felipe Elías received a telephone call ordering him to cancel everything. Elías did not want to accept this order and hours later he was removed from his position.
Summoned for today’s trial, Julio Chuqui Aguirre has previously testified that former president Alberto Fujimori was the one who authorized the activities of the Colina Group along with Vladimiro Montesinos.
Former Colina Group member, Julio Chuqui Aguirre, will be questioned by state prosecutor, José Peláez Bardales in the trial against former president Alberto Fujimori for the crimes of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.
Omar Chehade, head of the General Attorney Office’s extradition unit, said that former head of the armed forces, Nicolás de Bari Hermoza Ríos confirmed that former president Alberto Fujimori knew that the Colina Group was behind the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta operations.
Chehade also said that all the legal and diplomatic negotiations to extradite more corruption suspects are being exhausted. Among those suspected are Pedro Fujimori, Oscar Medelius and Luis Corpancho.
Yehude Simon, regional president of Lambayeque, assured that Colina attempted to kill him on three occasions, due to his fierce opposition to Alberto Fujimori.
Omar Chehade indicated that this year Alberto Fujimori’s brother, Pedro Fujimori, will be extradited for accusations of corruption during the Fujimori administration.
January 29, 2008
Former Colina Group member, Pedro Supo Sánchez testified that in the private beach La Tiza, the squad members rehearsed the operation what would later be the Barrios Altos killing.
Journalist César Torres Aguirre interviewed Ricardo Uceda, author of Muerte en el Pentagonito (Death in the Pentagonito), who asserts that Alberto Fujimori should be condemned for complicity in Colina activities.
In an interview, Association Pro Human Rights director, Francisco Soberón, states that if Hermoza Ríos knew about Colina’s actions, it can be inferred that Fujimori did as well.
Pedro Supo, former Colina Group members, assured that in order to be accepted into the squad, it was necessary to commit a murder. Furthermore, he said that all orders were given by Santiago Martin Rivas.
Likewise, he said that before the Barrios Altos murders, the Colina Group practiced the drill eight times in the La Tiza beach, where they later returned after having committed the crime, in order to reproach themselves for the murder of a child during the mission.
Pedro Supo, member of the Colina Group, said that the objective of his team was to “eliminate terrorists.” He also said that their first mission was to identify lawyers with ties to subversive group Shining Path.
Members of the Colina Group celebrated with beer and cake after the Barrios Altos murders on Nov. 3, 1991, as the night was also the birthday of Santiago Marin Rivas, leader of the annihilation squad.
Former intelligence agent Víctor Hinojosa Sopla surprised the court in the proceedings against Fujimori when he refused to answer the court’s questions. “I plead my right to silence,” he said. It is possible that Hinojosa has been receiving threats similar to Pedro Supo, another witness, who said his family was kidnapped, which is why he did not talk in previous trials.
Former intelligence agent Pedro Guillermo Supo Sánchez revealed that the operation ending in the Barrios Altos murders originally aimed to capture Shining Path terrorists who had been detected by an agent who had infiltrated the subversive group, and to later turn them over to the National Directorate Against Terrorism (Dincote).
Pedro Supo Sánchez declared that when he did not agree to give his version of the events previously, it was because he feared his family’s safety, “but now they are safe” which is why he is willing to cooperate.
In another article, newspaper La Razón displays the title “Fujimorismo in favor of inspecting judges,” referring to the declarations of a pro-Fujimori legislator who thinks that Congress should investigate the judiciary.
January 28, 2008
Juan Sosa Saavedra, Colina group member, recorded the negotiations that the death squad members had with Alberto Fujimori’s emissaries in order to obtain amnesty for the crimes of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.
Local program Cuarto Poder aired an audio clip in which Enrique Oliveros, former head of national intelligence, talks with the Colina Group about amnesty for the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta crimes.
Santiago Martín Rivas, former head of the Colina Group, confirmed to the anti-corruption judge, Antonia Saquicuray, that the paramilitary group did not exist. He gave this testimony from his cell, which may serve as a preview of the testimony he will give in the trial against Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations.
January 26-27, 2008
Journalist Mirko Lauer wrote a column analyzing the events in the trial of Alberto Fujimori seven weeks from its start.
José Alarcón Gonzales and José Tena Jacinto, former Colina members, assured that their squad operated and killed by order of Hermoza Ríos and Alberto Fujimori.
The Attorney General’s Office is considering raising the civil reparation of one million soles (US$340,000) that Alberto Fujimori must pay for civil reparations for having ordered the forceful entry to Trinidad Becerra’s apartment.
Gustavo Carrión, head of the National Pentitentiary Institute, assured that General Nicolás Hermoza Ríos will not receive any special treatment on returning to the San Jorge prison, after being interned in the Military Hospital for 49 days.
Former intelligence agent and Colina member, José Tena Jacinto, said that the Colina intelligence reports were send to the army general and president, Alberto Fujimori.