Fujimori faces new charges

13 May 2017

While his supporters try once again to obtain his freedom, Alberto Fujimori faces the prospect of further trials for homicide and corruption.

The cases he will now be tried for include the killing of six persons in Pativilca, Barranca, a province north of Lima. The victims include Felandro Castillo Manrique, César Rodríguez Esquivel and Toribio Aponte Ortiz (all campesinos); Pedro Agüero Rivera (a driver); Ernesto Arias Velásquez (a teacher); and John Calderón Ríos (a student). They were kidnapped from their homes, tortured and shot by the Grupo Colina, a state-sponsored death squad. Their bodies were then thrown into the sugar plantations in the area.

The Pativilca massacre took place two months after the killings of Barrios Altos and six months prior those of La Cantuta, both carried out by the Colina Group and both among the pretexts for the sentence that Fujimori is currently serving for human rights abuses.

The Chilean Supreme Court authorised these cases to be included on the extradition file of 2007. According to international law, Fujimori can only be tried for the crimes for which he was extradited from Chile. The judicial process has continued for more than a decade, and Fujimori continues to be tried and found guilty of more and more crimes, even as his supporters try once again to obtain his release. See La Republica 

The Chilean Supreme Court evaluated the evidence against Fujimori, which included documents showing that the members of the death squad were paid from the public purse. Fujimori claimed to have had no knowledge of the crimes, and argued that he should no longer be held accountable for them because they happened 25 years ago. The Supreme Court did not accept this argument as they were considered crimes against humanity.

Fujimori will also be tried for using public money to obtain a piece of land for a friend. Montesinos declared that Fujimori had ordered him to pay US$800,000 to buy land in Chavimochic for his friend Augusto Miyagusuku. Miyagusuku, who had been the president of the Popular and Porvenir insurance company, has been at large since 2000. If convicted, this will add to the corruption charges against Fujimori.

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