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News: Week of Jan. 7, 2008

January 13, 2008

El Comercio

Carlos Rivera, lawyer for the victims’ families, assured that the testimonies heard to date in the trial against Alberto Fujimori confirm the former president’s responsibility in the kidnappings carried out during the “self-coup” in 1992.

He also criticized the strategy used by Fujimori’s defense, who claimed that there were no kidnappings, but deprivation of freedom. Rivera indicated that an illegal arrest is committed by an authority that has the means to order an arrest, such as a judge. But the presumed kidnappings were carried out by military personnel, who do not have the autonomy to decide arrests.

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La Razón

Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakasaki, suggested the investigation of Samuel Dyer’s presumed escape from the army base (SIN) while he was held there during the coup on April 5.

“Dyer’s arrest was informal and the way he was released was also informal, which is why it would be interesting to explore if there were some kind of payment or if he was simply released, because it is very strange that the SIE [Military Intelligence Service] took charge of an operation to arrest him and overnight he went peacefully to his house.”

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January 12, 2008

Perú.21

Former student of La Cantuta, Norma Espinoza, received telephone threats in her house for testifying. Espinoza is a witness in the trial of Fujimori and the only survivor of the execution carried out against students of La Cantuta on July 18, 1992. “They lowered me from the truck where the military soldiers had put everyone else. If the [students and professor who were executed] were guilty of anything, they should have been tried, not murdered,” said Espinoza.

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El Comercio

Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakasaki, considered the declarations of Samuel Dyer and Carlos Dominguéz, head of the National Police Force of Peru, as “positive.” Both testified on the events of Dyer’s kidnapping, ordered by former president Fujimori.

Nakasaki insisted that Dyer was not kidnapped but deprived of his freedom. “Kidnapping is deprivation of freedom…but during a coup d’état, if the de facto government deprives someone of his or her freedom, it does not constitute a kidnapping but an illegal arrest,” Nakasaki explained.

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La República

Head of the National Police Force of Peru (PNP), Carlos Domínguez (former head of the government’s anti-terrorism institution, Dincote, and Counter-Intelligence in the National Intelligence Service, SIN), recognized that Samuel Dyer was “held” by order of former president Alberto Fujimori. Dyer stated before the court that he saw Fujimori while he was being kidnapped and yelled to him for help, but Fujimori did nothing in response.

Former leftist government official, César Barrera Bazán recognized that Fujimori gave orders to kidnap various political leaders on the day of the coup. “Little before Fujimori’s speech announcing the coup, a group of policemen surrounded my house, saying that they were giving protection because they had received information that there would be an attempt on my life,” Barrera recounts.

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Correo

César Nakasaki considered the testimonies of César Barrera Bazán and Samuel Dyer as “positive.” He said that while they were deprived of their freedom, they were not kidnapped.

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Carlos Domínguez Solís, former head of Dincote (government anti-terrorism institution) and Counter-Intelligence of the National Intelligence Service, declared it was Vladimiro Montesinos who said that Alberto Fujimori had ordered the kidnapping of Samuel Dyer. “Montesinos told me that Dyer was arrested in the airport and that he should be transferred to the Military Intelligence Service (SIE). He said it was an order of the President,” Domínguez said.

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Trome

Businessman Samuel Dyer testified in the trial of Alberto Fujimori and, with tears in his eyes, recounted the events of his kidnapping. “They told me they weren’t going to kill me, told me to shut up and get out of the country,” Dyer said.

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La Razón

According to La Razón, Alberto Fujimori handled the accusation of Samuel Dyer’s kidnapping with elegance. The newspaper stresses that Dyer was arrested, but not kidnapped, and when he called out to Fujimori for help, he did it in a very low voice, which went unheard by the president.

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La Razón reports that former head of the Dincote and Counter-Ingelligence of the National Intelligence Service, Carlos Domínguez Solís, gave a “lesson” to Ronald Gamarra, lawyer for the victims’ families, on the issue of international jurisprudence.

“Gamarra told Domínguez that he shouldn’t have obeyed Vladimiro Montesinos’ order to take charge of Samuel Dyer after arrested, because the Constitution of 1979, in force in 1992, gives order not to obey dictatorial governments. Domínguez reminded him that Legislative Decree 761 of November 1991, restricting individual freedoms, was also in force and that this norm was legitimate.”

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January 11, 2008

Perú.21

The anti-corruption court called attention to the defense of Julio Salazar Monroe for not having presented an argument excusing lawyer César Nakazaki’s absence yesterday, Jan. 10.

Today César Nakazaki returned to the hearing against Alberto Fujimori in good health. He denied that “Fujimoristas” (Fujimori supporters) are behind the death threats made to State Prosecutor Avelino Guillén and lawyer Gloria Cano.

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La República

Doctors have confirmed lawyer César Nakasaki’s return to health, saying he will be able to attend the hearing scheduled for today in the trial of former president Alberto Fujimori.

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Trome

César Nakasaki will reappear in the trial against Alberto Fujimori, preventing the former president from having to change lawyers. Today at the trial nine witnesses will testify on the cases of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.

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La Razón

Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakasaki, stated that from today onward a new stage of the human rights trial begins. He said the declarations to be heard in the following weeks will give a profile of what could be the trial’s final result.

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January 10, 2008

 

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Alberto Fujimori’s lawyer, César Nakasaki, denied that Fujimori supporters are behind the threats to State Prosecutor Avelino Guillén. He also said that on Friday he will attend the hearing after having missed Monday’s hearing due to health problems.

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La República

District attorney Mirtha Medina initiated an investigation concerning the threats that State Prosecutor Avelino Guillén has received by telephone for his examination of former president Alberto Fujimori. There will also be an investigation of the reported threats to key witnesses in the trial.

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Correo 

The Judicial Power has concluded the investigation process of former president Alberto Fujimori and former military officers for first degree murder during operation “Move 1” (Mudanza 1), which quashed the rebillion in the Miguel Castro Castro prison in 1992.

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January 9, 2008

La República

Luis Alberto Salgado, executive secretary of the National Council for Human Rights, said that delaying measures of Alberto Fujimori’s defense must have a limit.

“It was predictable that within the defense’s strategy, this type of measure to prolong the trial would be used and it be assumed that it is no more than a pretext, but this has a limit since it is the interest of society and the state to know the truth,” he explained.

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Trome

Ronald Gamarra, one of the lawyers for the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta victims’ families, requested guarantees for Avelino Guillén, who has received death threats after his trial examination of Alberto Fujimori.

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January 8, 2008

Correo

Trial against Fujimori will be suspended until Friday due to the absence of the defendant’s lawyer, César Nakazaki, who is presumed to be ill.

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El Comercio

Carlos Rivera, lawyer for the victims’ families, said that the absence of Alberto Fujimori’s defense lawyer is part of a strategy. “What we are questioning is the absence of Fujimori’s other lawyers, because if [César] Nakazaki is indeed sick, I don’t think the others are. Therefore, they are still responsible for attending the hearing,” he said.

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Jan. 7, 2008

Perú.21

Today at the trial neither Fujimori’s principal lawyer, César Nagasaki, nor the alternate members of the defense were present. Fujimori himself told the President of the Court, César San Martín, that Nakasaki was taken to a hospital late last night due to stomach problems. The hearings have been suspended until Friday, Jan. 11 at 9:30am.

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Carlos Rivera, lawyer for the victims’ families, considers the absence of Fujimori’s lawyers an “obstruction to the process.” He says it is not the absence of Fujimori’s principal lawyer, César Nakasaki, that surprises the civil defense, but the absence of all three of Fujimori’s lawyers, since it was the absence of the alternates that forced the trial to be postponed. Rivera warns that if the defense is not present on Friday, the Court must assign Fujimori a lawyer.

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El Comercio

Former Inter-American Human Rights Commission member, Juan Méndez, indicates in an interview with El Comercio that this trial, up to now, has been exemplary and may serve as an example to the world for trials against former heads of state.

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