Weekend Update: March 29-30
According to an interview that Santiago Martin Rivas had with journalist Umberto Jara, the so-called war of “low intensity” used by the Colina group against terrorism in the early 1990s had the support of high-ranking military officials and then president Alberto Fujimori.
Roberto Carretón, Chilean lawyer and international observer for the Fujimori trial, said in an interview that the charge of “command responsibility” (autor mediato) has been applied in Latin America for the past 30 years and that it is not as new a concept as one might think.
Journalist Umberto Jara assured that he was not scared of Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakazaki, in the hearing last Friday.
Carlos Rivera, lawyer for the victims’ families in the Fujimori trial, said today that Santiago Martin Rivas’ video confession, admitting the existence of the Colina group, constitutes as one of the most important pieces of evidence against the ex-president.
Journalist Umberto Jara turned in audio and videotapes today of the first and third interview he had with Santiago Martin Rivas. The journalist also gave an audio of Martin Rivas directly incriminating Alberto Fujimori in the crimes committed by Colina.
March 28, 2008
Journalist Umberto Jara testified in the trial of Fujimori today, stating that Santiago Martin Rivas told him “he had the honor” of directing an annihilation commando in the hardest moments of terrorist violence. He also said he thought Martin Rivas’ recent testimony that he “rehearsed” his declarations in the interview he had with Jara (resulting in the video) were absurd.
Roberto Garretón, observer from the International Commission of Jurists, said that Alberto Fujimori’s defense in the trial he faces for human rights abuses is similar to the trials of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic and Chilean Augusto Pinochet.
Umberto Jara, author of the book Ojo por ojo, said that Maj. Martin Rivas told him the extermination group, of which he was head of operations, received orders from the highest level.
In an interview with Edmundo Cruz, journalist Umberto Jara evaluates the trial of Alberto Fujimori and gives his opinion on the events to date.
27 de marzo
The health of former president Alberto Fujimori, who fell into deep sleep during the hearing on Monday, is stable and he can continue attending the hearings in the trial he faces for kidnapping and murder.
Former Anti-Corruption Attorney José Ugaz, said that lawyer César Nagazaki only expressed “apparent calmness,” because he knows that in each hearing of the human rights trial of Alberto Fujimori, the situation gets more complicated for the ex-president.
“I excuse myself for having slept in the previous session. I have to confess that for this problem in my legs, please don’t take it wrong, I am not barefoot underneath this table, but I am not wearing socks,” said Alberto Fujimori after doctors declared him in good health.
Former president Alberto Fujimori will have another evaluation to determine the reason of his drowsiness in the hearings. Two of Fujimori’s doctors have previously assured that he is in good health.
March 26, 2008
The Second Special Supreme Court approved the appellation of Alberto Fujimori’s first sentence for ordering the illegal entry of the house of Trinidad Becerra, wife of Vladimiro Montesinos.
Ronald Gamarra, lawyer for the victims’ families in the trial of Alberto Fujimori, said that the fact that the ex-president fell asleep in the last hearing is not reason enough to change the length and frequency of the trial.
Peruvian journalist Umberto Jara tells Peru21 how he managed to meet with and interview Colina group leader, Santiago Martin Rivas, who admitted that Alberto Fujimori knew about the death squad’s operations.
Former head of the Army Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), Juan Rivero Lazo, continued to deny any link to the Colina group.
Juan Rivero Lazo, former head of the Army Intelligence Directorate (DINTE), admitted that in June 1991, Santiago Martin Rivas was selected as head of operations for the Colina group.
Juan Rivero Lazo testified that Santiago Martin Rivas was under the command of the National Intelligence Service (SIN) in 1991 when then the Barrios Altos massacre was carried out.
The Supreme Court’s Permanent Criminal Court approved the request to Chile to add to the extradition charges of Alberto Fujimori in order to judge him for paying businessman Alfredo Zanatti to accuse former president Alan Garcia of corruption.
Former president Alberto Fujimori fell asleep in the trial he faces for human rights violations
Ronald Gamarra, lawyer for the victims’ families, said that he does not expect anything new from the testimony of Juan Rivero Lazo former head of the Army Intelligence Directorate. “We think he will continue with the same testimony from last Wednesday, denying the existence of the Colina group,” he said.
Congressman Isaac Meckler criticized lawyer Ronald Gamarra, who simultaneously works as a lawyer in the trial of Fujimori and in the National Anti-Corruption Office (ONA). “What does Mr. Gamarra investigate if he doesn’t have to go to the ONA an if three days a week he’s in the trial of Fujimori?” said Meckler.
Tomorrow, the Second Special Criminal Court of the Supreme Court will hear former president Fujimori’s reasons to appeal his 6-year prison sentence for the case of illegal entry.
Moisés Wolfenson, who received bribes to sell the newspapers El Chino and El Men to favor Alberto Fujimori’s administration, will be released from prison next week. The Constitutional Court approved the habeas corpus presented by his defense.
Journalist Miryam Beteta said that according to Alberto Fujimori’s security, the former president is very worried about how his trial is coming along and spends his time revising the criminal code and other books on legal matters.