February 22, 2008
Justice Minister Rosario Fernández rejected Fujimori supporters’ accusations of mistreatment in the former president’s penitentiary regime.
Lawyer Ronald Gamarra said that the declarations made by Alberto Fujimori’s son are intended to victimize his father and he assured that there are no irregularities in the former president’s penitentiary regime.
The Special Criminal Court of the Supreme Court will listen today to the testimony of policeman Jhonny Berríos, journalist Umberto Jara and administrative leader in the Colina group, Carlos Pichilingüe Guevara, in the trial of former president Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations.
February 21, 2008
Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo called Kenji Fujimori a “youth without experience” after the youngest of the Fujimoris accused del Castillo of being responsible for the apparent irregularities in his father’s penitentiary regime.
Luis Bromely, head of the Institute of Legal Medicine, indicated that according to medical reports, Alberto Fujimori’s health is stable and there is no problem with his attending the trial that he faces for human rights violations.
Journalist Mario Mejía Huaraca wrote a report on Alberto Fujimori’s shouts in the courtroom yesterday when he denied that he had offered amnesty to Martin Rivas. She also collected the contrasting opinions of Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakazaki, and state prosecutor José Peláez.
State prosecutor José Peláez Bardales said that Alberto Fujimori must be worried, given that the declaration made by Gilberto Hume caused the ex-leader to request the opportunity to speak and deny that he had made an offer of amnesty to Santiago Martin Rivas, the leader of the Colina group.
Kenji Fujimori, son of former president Alberto Fujimori, said that Primer Minister Jorge del Castillo wants to politically bury his father, but that he cannot and will not achieve it. He also said that the prime minister is responsible for certain irregularities in his father’s penitentiary regime.
February 20, 2008
Raising his voice, former president, Alberto Fujimori denied having offered amnesty to the leader of the Colina group, Santiago Martin Rivas.
According to César Nakasaki, Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, the testimony of Gilberto Hume “is referential” and thus serves in the trial but cannot substantiate a verdict.
Hugo Coral Goycochea, former Colina group member, testified in the trial of Alberto Fujimori that the death squad was part of the fujimorista government policy, specifically between 1991 and 1992.
February 19, 2008
Colina group leaders, Santiago Martin Rivas and Carlos Pichilingüe Guevara, have been summoned by the Supreme Court to testify in the human rights trial of Alberto Fujimori.
Agent Hugo Coral Goycochea confirmed that Colina was military group and responded to the government policies of former president Alberto Fujimori. He also said that the group was given “carte blanche” to eliminate people.
Santiago Martin Rivas said in a meeting to other Colina members that there was a specific order to deny the existence of the group and the crimes they had committed.
In his testimony in the trial of Alberto Fujimori, ex-Colina agent Ángel Pino Díaz said that during his arrest he was threatened by agent Julio Chuqui to implicate the former president in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta murders.
Ángel Pino Díaz confirmed that in 2001 he rejected a negotiation to accuse former president Alberto Fujimori of being part of the Colina group’s chain of command in exchange for a lighter sentence.
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Alex Díaz Pérez, state prosecutor for human rights, made a list reporting more than 90 people for murder, forced disappearance and kidnapping during Fujimori’s administration. At the top of the list are Fujimori himself and his former advisor Vladimiro Montesinos.
Journalist Mirko Lauer wrote a column on possible political scenarios that could form out of prime minister, Jorge del Castillo’s eventual desire to become president. In the column, Lauer explains the role that the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party played in the 1990 presidential campaign that brought Alberto Fujimori to the presidency.
Alex Díaz Pérez, state prosecutor for human rights, reported Alberto Fujimori for the crimes of kidnapping and illicit association for the illegal detention of former Gen. Jaime Salinas and 12 other high rank officials.
The families of the victims of the Colina group crimes expressed their confidence that Alberto Fujimori will be condemned for human rights violations.
For Ronald Gamarra, one of the lawyers for the victims’ families, the trial against Alberto Fujimori would not have to start “from scratch” if it is proven that lawyer César Nakasaki has a conflict of interests in the trial of Fujimori. Nakasaki is simultaneously representing Gen. Nicolás Hermoza Rios and Julio Monroe.
Fujimori-supporting congressman, Carlos Raffo assured that after two months of hearings, the image of former president Alberto Fujimori has only gotten stronger. He also said that to date it has not been proven that the Colina group responded to Fujimori’s orders.
The lawyers for the families of the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta victims established that the army and the intelligence service assigned between US$20 and 30 million to the Colina group for arms and training material.