February 14, 2008
Former Colina member, Héctor Gamarra confirmed that the squad killed according to orders given by Gen. Nicolás Hermoza Ríos. He also said that he was assigned the task of murdering current regional president Yehude Simon.
Héctor Gamarra, former Colina agent, said in the trial against Alberto Fujimori that the transfer of the bodies of those murdered at La Cantuta was an order given by army commander general, Nicolás Bari Hermoza. The bodies were moved from a place on the highway to an area in Cieneguilla.
General Nicolás de Bari Hermoza allegedly gave orders for the burial transfer of the bodies from La Cantuta, according to the testimony of Héctor Gamarra, former Colina member.
The testimonies given by former Colina members Héctor Gamarra and Gabriel Vera do not suggest anything incriminating for Fujimori in the cases of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.
Héctor Gamarra testified in the trial of Alberto Fujimori that Martin Rivas shot against party attendants in the Barrios Altos operation.
February 13, 2008
The trial for Alberto Pinto Cárdenas and Wilmer Yarlequé, former members of the Colina group who participated in the Cantuta murders, began today.
César Nakasaki, lawyer for Alberto Fujimori, confirmed that it is “particularly strange” that the ex Colina agents, who are giving their testimonies in the trial, very seldom mention any participation by the former advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, in the Cantuta, Barrios Altos and army intelligence (SIE) basement cases.
Carlos Rivera, lawyer for the victims’ families, reported that Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakasaki, is fighting for the defense of former armed forces leader, Nicolás Hermoza, during the expresident’s trial.
Former Colina agent, Pablot Atúncar, confirmed that the ex leader politically backed the squad’s activities. He also said that the initial plan for the Barrios Altos operation was to dynamite the whole quinta in Jirón Huanta.
February 12, 2008
Ronald Gamarra, one of the lawyers for the victims’ families, said that he is very optimistic about the development of the Alberto Fujimori trial and hopes for a guilty verdict.
In the trial of Alberto Fujimori, former intelligence agent Pablo Atúncar Cama testified that Gen. Hermoza Rios implied that the former head of state politically backed Colina’s operations.
Pablo Atúncar, former member of the Colina group, testified that the initial order for the Barrios Altos operation was to dynamite the entire building. This was not carried out, however, because on the second floor another activity was going on.
Former Colina agent, Pablo Atúncar said that the squad had everything ready for the assassination of former congressman, Javier Diez Canseco in 1992, but that the operation was cancelled at the last minute, as happened with the assassination plan for Yehude Simon, current president of the Lambayeque region.
Pablo Atúncar testified that the Barrios Altos case was executed without mistakes because agent Abadía confirmed which party they were to enter, since there were two going on at the same time.
Weekend Update: Feb. 9-10
In an interview, lawyer and former congressman Jorge Avendaño said that foreign lawyers have praised how well the trial of Alberto Fujimori is coming along in terms of respecting the defendant’s rights. He also said that “Fujimori’s strategy of not remembering anything is a joke.”
César Nakasaki, Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, recognized that his client could not be absolved of all charges against him.
Nakasaki also confirmed that the testimonies of former Colina members do not incriminate Fujimori since they are contradictory and should not be taken into account.
A report was published, presenting César Nakasaki’s and Ronald Gamarra’s differing points of view. Nakasaki sees the testimonies of Colina group members as benefiting Fujimori while Gamarra sees them as supporting the charges against him.
In interview, journalist Umberto Jara reveals his impressions on the events in the Fujimori trial to date.
Jorge Ortiz Mantas, former Colina group member, confirmed that Colina’s mission was to capture, interrogate and eliminate people were indicated by their superiors as alleged terrorists.
Jorge Ortize, former Colina group agent, testified in the human rights trial of Alberto Fujimori that “military group Colina was created by the Dinte [Army Intelligence Directorate] to capture, destroy, neutralize and/or eliminate supposed terrorists.”