March 7, 2008
Luis Alberto Cubas Portal, discharged general and brother-in-law of Vladimiro Montesinos, testified today that he felt ashamed when he received presidential praise in July 1991 for supposedly being part of the analysis group selected from the Army Intelligence Service (SIE).
Former intelligence agent, Luis Cubas Portal, confirmed that he did not ask his brother-in-law, Vladimiro Montesinos, to talk to then president Fujimori in order to arrange his military promotion.
Luis Vargas Valdivia, former state prosecutor, assured that the testimony and evidence presented in the trial against Alberto Fujimori prove that the ex-president was aware of the crimes committed by Colina group.
The Supreme Court ratified a 20-year prison sentence for former presidential advisor and de facto head of national intelligence, Vladimiro Montesinos, for facilitating the trafficking of 10,000 AKM rifles to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 1999.
March 6, 2008
Journalist Umberto Jara writes a column explaining the details of his interviews with Santiago Martin Rivas and about the so-called Operation Essay (Operación Ensayo) that had the goal of discrediting both him and his book, Eye for an Eye: The True Story of the Colina Group.
Víctor Silva Mendoza, former head of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE), assured that the high commands in the institution prepared the Colina group’s creation. He also said that 25 intelligence agents were assigned to the group and were given bullets, grenades, vehicles, motorcycles and cameras.
Ex-head of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE), Víctor Silva Mendoza, admitted in the trial against Alberto Fujimori that he received the order to give arms and personnel to a military unit in formation that today is recognized as the Colina military detachment.
Víctor Silva Mendoza, ex-head of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE), indicated that Julio Salazar Monroe, ex-head of the National Intelligence Service (SIN), ordered for Fernando Rodríguez Zabalbeascoa and majors Santiago Martin Rivas and Carlos Pichilingüe Guevara to join the analysis group, which was the beginning of Colina’s formation.
Víctor Silva confirmed that an intelligence manual dated 1991 and authorized by high military commands gave the army carte blanche to spy and sabotage in the name of combating terrorism, though he could not confirm that the spying and sabotage had actually been carried out.
Lawyer César Nakasaki said there is no doubt that “a group of soldiers joined a military detachment, committed some crimes.” He said that to date, there is no evidence linking the ex-president and ex-head of the Armed Forces — Alberto Fujimori — to the detachment because he “did not join the chain of command in the military.”
March 5, 2008
Federico Navarro Pérez, former sub-director of the Internal Front at the Army Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), denied his participation in the Colina group during his testimony in the trial of Alberto Fujimori, though he did admit to signing a document on Feb. 17, 1992 that mentioned the Colina military detachment. Navarro had been accused by some witnesses of having directed Colina.
On March 18, the Criminal Court of Lima will announce the sentence against the Colina group and the head military officials that backed it. The verdict will come after more than 100 hearings that began on Aug. 17, 2005.
Miguel Díaz, former director of the Latin America Department in the Center for Strategic International Studies, said the trial against Alberto Fujimori will mark a new beginning for international relations between Peru and Japan.
March 4, 2008
Carlos Rivera, one of the lawyers for the victims’ families in the trial against Alberto Fujimori, said today that it is evident that the former president gave the orders for the massacres carried out by the military during his government, as part of the anti-subversive strategy.
Col. Federico Navarro Pérez admitted having signed a document which mentioned the Colina group. However, he rejected having any knowledge of this group’s activities.
Federico Navarro Pérez, sub-director of the Army Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), assured that he never participated in the Colina group nor did he request the presence of Santiago Martin Rivas in the DINTE.
Former sub-director of the Army Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), Federico Navarro Pérez, said that former president Alberto Fujimori never issued orders at any level of military command to carry out anti-terrorist operations.
Former director of the Army Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), Col. Federico Navarro Pérez testified in the trial against Alberto Fujimori that the document allocating a motorcycle to the Colina military detachment is authentic.
Weekend Update: March 1-2
State prosecutor José Peláez Bardales denied that the video evidence — in which Santiago Martin Rivas admits the existence of the Colina group and Alberto Fujimori’s responsibility for its supposed crimes —does not serve to incriminate the president.
Santiago Martin Rivas recognized that the Colina group’s actions were approved by Alberto Fujimori. “It required endorsement and execution on the part of the government and president,” he said.
In an interview, Jesús Sosa Saavedra — current fugitive from Peruvian justice and one of the leaders within the Colina group — said that the two men Alberto Fujimori trusted most, Montesinos and Hermoza Rios, gave the orders for several of Colina’s operations.
Carlos Rivera, one of the lawyers for the victims’ families, asked the army to admit the existence of the Colina group. “It is necessary for the army to be frank and say if the Colina group existed or if no proof has been left,” he said.
In the thirty-first hearing of the trial of Alberto Fujimori, the Special Criminal Court of the Supreme Court, will examine Col. Federico Navarro Pérez of the Peruvian army, who was supposedly present during the Cantuta massacre.
According to Carlos Rivera, one of the lawyers for the victims’ families, the Special Criminal Court of the Supreme Court will consider Santiago Martin Rivas’ video confession of Colina’s existence and incrimination of Fujimori.