March 14, 2008
Due to the death of Attorney General Adelaida Bolívar, the hearing in the trial of Alberto Fujimori for human rights abuses was suspended until Monday.
In an interview with a Japanese newspaper, President Alan García justified the recent praise he made toward Alberto Fujimori, saying, “Some can call Fujimori’s regime a dictatorship, there was a lot of corruption, some crimes were committed, but the public recognized for a long time that he captured [Abimael] Guzmán, which helped to bring peace to the country.”
The Attorney General’s Office announced that after two years of investigation, they found that 10 political parties submitted false signatures in order to register for elections and also established that these cases were covered up or supported by Vladimiro Montesinos and Alberto Fujimori’s regime in order to stay in power.
One theory for Alberto Fujimori’s arrival in Chile is that he was expelled from Japan due to the government’s fear that Peru would present a case to the International Criminal Court.
March 13, 2008
“Major Santiago Martin Rivas periodically made presentations on the Colina group’s activities to ex-dictator Alberto Fujimori, his [presidential] advisor Vladimiro Montesinos and high intelligence commands from the three armed forces,” said Col. Cléver Pino Benamú to the criminal court that judges the former president for human rights violations.
Col. Cléber Pino Benamú testified that Alberto Fujimori knew about the Colina group’s activities and even participated in a meeting with Santiago Martin Rivas in the mid-1990s, before the Barrios Altos massacre.
Lawyer Julio Rodríguez said that the testimony of Col. Cléber Pino Benamú was important since it demonstrates proof of Alberto Fujimori’s knowledge of the Colina murders.
Col. Cléver Pino Benamú admitted that former president Alberto Fujimori did not participate in the formation, orders or criminal actions carried out by the Colina group.
Cléver Pino Benamú said that the Colina group functioned informally, without following the rules. Its members passed through the halls of the army intelligence building dressed as civilians, they had no schedules, they did their work outside of the military installations and they manages their own private budgets.
March 12, 2008
The most recent comments made by Keiko Fujimori contradict César Nakazaki, defense lawyer for ex-president Alberto Fujimori. While Keiko assured that no one doubts Colina’s existence, Nakazaki argues that it has yet to proved that this group existed.
A report from the investigation unit states that Peruvian judges asked for Chilean government authorization to judge former president, Alberto Fujimori for the case of the Castro Castro prison, where 40 inmates were killed.
Today former Capt. Juan Berteti Carazas and Col. Cléber Pino Benamú will testify. Both will talk about the Cantuta case, involving the murders of nine students and one professor.
Lawyers for the victims’ families claim that a campaign has begun to discredit the judges who preside over the human rights trial of former president Alberto Fujimori, in order to blur the evidence that incriminates him.
Keiko Fujimori said that “much time has passed and there is no proof that incriminates my father, he is innocent of all charges he is accused of and this trial is going to demonstrate that the anti-terrorist fight was clean, impeccable.”
March 11, 2008
Keiko Fujimori insisted on the innocence of her father, Alberto Fujimori, who is accused of human rights violations. The congresswoman denied that her father knew about the Colina group’s activities and as Peruvian president, did not know what the army was doing in order to combat terrorism.
Col. Carlos Miranda Balarezo said that former army commander general, Nicolás Hermoza Ríos, ordered the Colina group’s entry to La Cantuta University, where nine students and one professor were kidnapped and murdered in 1992.
At the trial of ex-president Alberto Fujimori, Col. Mirando Balarezo testified that Luis Pérez Documet, ex-head of the army special forces, said that then commander general of the armed forces, Nicolás de Bari Hermoza Ríos, and ex-head of the Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), Juan Rivera Lazo, were responsible for the Cantuta murders.
Keiko Fujimori claimed it seems that some of the judges presiding over her father’s murder and kidnapping trial have already decided on the ex-president’s fate before the trial’s end. She also said that though she has not been able to watch the trial, she is pleased to find out through “prestigious agencies, like BBC London and France Presse, that there is no evidence that incriminates my father to date.”
Weekend Update: March 8-9, 2008
The Constitutional Accusations Sub-Commission will evaluate two constitutional claims presented against state prosecutor José Antonio Peláez Bardales, in charge of representing the state in the trial against Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations.
In an interview, state prosecutor Avelino Guillén assured that Alberto Fujimori’
s responsibility in the murder and kidnapping trial has already been proven and said that by 1991, Fujimori already knew who was part of the Colina group.
Alberto Pinto Cárdenas, head of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE) in 1992, assured that former advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, and Satiago Zegarra Guevara, second in command in the National Intelligence Service (SIN), told him that Alberto Fujimori ordered the arrest of businessman Samuel Dyer Ampudia and journalist Gustavo Gorriti.
A survey on the potential 2011 elections puts Keiko Fujimori in second place as a candidate, with 13.8 percent, behind Luis Castañeda who won with 26.9 percent.