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Peru: Fujimori testifies in trial against right-hand man Montesinos01:30

Peru: Fujimori testifies in trial against right-hand man Montesinos

Peru, Lima
March 15, 2018 at 04:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori testified as a witness in the trial against former advisor Vladimiro Montesinos and other military authorities of his first government for the 1992 kidnapping of journalist Gustavo Gorriti, in front of Lima’s National Criminal Chamber on Thursday.

Fujimori testified on the role of Montesinos in his government, saying that his actions fell under the realm of anti-terrorism intelligence.

The former President, seated on a wheelchair, had received a warning to present himself in court on Thursday following a missed appearance last week.

Speaking outside the court, Gorriti’s lawyer Juan Jose Quispe said "the military leadership of Vladimiro Montesinos and Fujimori, they were the ones who planned, designed and executed the coup of April 5."

Gorriti was detained on April 6, 1992, one day after Fujimori dissolved Congress and arrested several opposition figures. The journalist was detained until diplomatic calls from Spain and the US allowed him to be moved to police custody and eventually freed.

Fujimori had served less than a half of a 25-year sentence for crimes of corruption and human rights violations and for commanding death squads that acted from 1990 to 2000, when he was pardoned by Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynski on December 24 2017.

Montesinos was head of Peru's intelligence service, the Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional (SIN), under Fujimori.

Peru: Fujimori testifies in trial against right-hand man Montesinos01:30
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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori testified as a witness in the trial against former advisor Vladimiro Montesinos and other military authorities of his first government for the 1992 kidnapping of journalist Gustavo Gorriti, in front of Lima’s National Criminal Chamber on Thursday.

Fujimori testified on the role of Montesinos in his government, saying that his actions fell under the realm of anti-terrorism intelligence.

The former President, seated on a wheelchair, had received a warning to present himself in court on Thursday following a missed appearance last week.

Speaking outside the court, Gorriti’s lawyer Juan Jose Quispe said "the military leadership of Vladimiro Montesinos and Fujimori, they were the ones who planned, designed and executed the coup of April 5."

Gorriti was detained on April 6, 1992, one day after Fujimori dissolved Congress and arrested several opposition figures. The journalist was detained until diplomatic calls from Spain and the US allowed him to be moved to police custody and eventually freed.

Fujimori had served less than a half of a 25-year sentence for crimes of corruption and human rights violations and for commanding death squads that acted from 1990 to 2000, when he was pardoned by Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynski on December 24 2017.

Montesinos was head of Peru's intelligence service, the Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional (SIN), under Fujimori.

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