March 19, 2008
In the trial against Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations, army colonel Bertetti Carazas testified that he did not know there was a change in national policy regarding the anti-subversive strategy the first years of Fujimori’s presidency. He also said that he never heard about a low-intensity war against terrorism.
Juan Rivero Lazo, who was head of army intelligence when the Colina group was supposedly formed, will be questioned today in the trial of Alberto Fujimori.
President Alan García invited Yamazaki Taku, Japanese legislator who supports Fujimori, to make an official visit to Peru to see how the trial is coming along.
According to a survey by the University of Lima, Alberto Fujimori and his daughter Keiko are thought to be the most sympathetic politicians.
Japanese legislator Yamazaki Taku said he remembered Alberto Fujimori as the president who worried about strengthening relations between both countries and for that reason, asked for a just trial.
March 18, 2008
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) denied congresswoman Keiko Fujimori’s recent comment that their publications claim there is no strong proof against her father. In a press release, the BBC denied the statement and said they always avoid saying if a defendant is guilty or innocent.
In the trial of Alberto Fujimori for murder and kidnapping, Maj. José Velarde Astete testified that after the Cantuta murders, the army tried to cover up the crime by carrying out a fake trial where no witnesses were called and nothing was investigated.
José Velarde Astete said that both Luis Pérez Documet and army general commander, Niclolás Hermoza Ríos knew that the Colina group murdered nine students and one proessor from La Cantuta University.
March 17, 2008
Maj. Velarde Astete testified that the operative head of the Colina group, Santiago Martin Rivas, gave the order to allow entry to his personnel in La Cantuta University on July 18, 1992. The military officials later killed nine students and one professor.
Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo said that the rating of tv channels that broadcast the trial of Alberto Fujimori will be evaluated in order to decide if the state channel will also broadcast the trial.
Director of the Institute of Legal Defense, Hans Landolt, expressed disappointment that the state does not broadcast the trial of Alberto Fujimori and was surprised by Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo’s comments that the state will consider showing the trial.
César Nakazaki, defense lawyer for Alberto Fujimori, recognized that the Colina group exists. However, he said that the line of command has still not yet been established and that Alberto Fujimori’s knowledge of the group’s activities has not been proved.
Army general, Luis Murgueytio accused the “caviar left” of using the trial against former president, Alberto Fujimori in order to discredit the Armed Forces through insisting that there was a systematic violation of human rights.