February 8, 2008
A report from journalist César Romero reveals that the Colina Group murdered around 50 people during Fujimori’s administration. However, the exact figure will never be known because many of the secret operations have left to be discovered.
Omar Chehade, head of the Extradition Unit in the General Attorney’s Office, claimed that the testimony of Máximo San Román — who was vice-president during Fujimori’s administration and who resigned after the April 5 coup — could be definitive since he has previously described Montesinos and Fujimori as Siamese twins.
February 7, 2008
If former presidential advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, invokes his right to silence in the trial of former president Alberto Fujimori, state prosecutor José Peláez Bardales assured that the Special Criminal Court will accept his request.
César Nakasaki, lawyer of Alberto Fujimori, said that the members of the Colina Group are indirect witnesses because “they talk about the orders that Martin Rivas or Vladimiro Montesinos gave,” but not Fujimori.
Former intelligence agent Isaac Paquiyauri indicated Alberto Fujimori as the highest authority in the Colina Group’s structure. This declaration was made in the human rights trial of the former president.
Colina agents Fernando Lecca and Isaac Paquiyauri affirmed that the only objective of the group was to capture and kill people. They also said that Alberto Fujimori, Hermoza Ríos and Vladimiro Montesinos knew of the operations and supported them.
Former Colina Group agent Fernando Lecca Esquén, claimed that Santiago Martín Rivas ordered them to shoot at the head and the heart during the Barrios Altos operation.
Isaac Paquiyauri, Colina Group member, said that Martín Rivas told them that Alberto Fujimori got angry over the death of a child during the Barrios Altos operation.
February 6, 2008
Isaac Paquiyauri, former agent of the Colina Group, testified today in the trial of Alberto Fujimori. When asked if the former president had any knowledge of Colina’s activities, Paquiyauri responded, “How can you explain that we were given arms, explosives, AKM rifles, grenades and dynamite? Is it likely that a general would be crazy enough to give us those things just because? They gave us all of that because the orders came from very high up.”
Jorge Baca Campodónico, former economy minister during the Fujimori regime was sentenced to four years in prison for having aided friends of Vladimiro Montesinos to hide their income and use money from the intelligence service.
Jorge Baca Campodónico, former economy minister who was detained in Argentina while working with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was condemned to four years of prison for protecting the declarations made under oath by former presidential advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos during the Fujimori administration.
According to Luis Alberto Salgado, executive secretary of the National Counsel for Human Rights, the creator of the Ojo que Llora sculpture, Lika Mutal, is against the inclusion of 41 Shining Path members who died at the Castro Castro prison in her work.
February 5, 2008
Carlos Rivera, lawyer for the victims’ families, claimed that the testimony of Santiago Martin Rivas, head of the Colina Group, will not determine former president Alberto Fujimori’s fate in his trial for the La Cantuta and Barrios Altos massacres.
Journalist Juan Paredes Castro published an editorial regarding the country’s justice system, saying that the trial of Fujimori is an example of how the judicial administration can be “different and superior” when it wants to.
Mirko Lauer published an editorial hypothesizing that the Colina Group was a pilot plan to establish in cities the violent attacks between military and subversive groups that already thrived in the rural areas, as part of a government policy.
Ronald Gomarra, one of the lawyers for the victims’ families, recently said“the only thing that [the Colina Group members] do is hinder the criminal trial and the only beneficiary is the ex-president.”
Febryary 4, 2008
The hearing today, Feb. 4, was suspended until Wednesday since ex-Colina member, Fernando Lecca Esquén, adhered to his right to silence. The Court rejected his request since Lecca has already given a voluntary confession in another trial.
Fernando Lecca Esquén, former Colina Group member, refused to give his testimony this morning in the trial of former president Alberto Fujimori. The hearing was suspended until Wednesday.
Journalist Marielena Castilo published a report on the attack on former Congressman Javier Diez Canseco in his house. “The attack happened 24 hours before we were to hand in the report of the commission to investigate telephonic espionage carried out by national intelligence members. General Edwin Díaz Zevallos and Roberto Huamán Azcurra have been found responsible,” she said.
Weekend Update: Feb. 2-3, 2008
Journalist Juan Paredes Castro wrote an editorial on the judicial scenario that may be found in Peru. “It is possible that Peru is the only country in the world where a fistful of judges and state prosecutors unleash the biggest — and in some ways most successful — attack on corruption, human rights violations and drug-trafficking.”
Carlos Ayala Corao, Former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, claims there is evidence that Alberto Fujimori knew of the Colina Group’s criminal actions.
Yván Montoya, former head of the Extradition Unit in the ad hoc Public Prosecutor’s Office on the Fujimori-Montesinos cases, claimed that if Hermoza Ríos’ and Julio Salazar Monroe’s testimonies in the trial of Alberto Fujimori contradict their previous testimonies, they will complicate their legal situation.