Fujimori Ex-Aide, Military Sentenced for 1990s Massacres
By Dialogo October 05, 2010First, SL and MRTA were not the â€œfreedom fightersâ€, they were murderous hordes that cowardly imposed terror. Secondly, there was NEVER an internal war; that is a fallacy: what happened was the defense of the state (through its Armed Forces and Police) against the criminals and enemies of Peru. Third, those that fought to restore order were and are being punishedâ€¦and for those that wish to opine, read, analyze and concludeâ€¦the means to achieve this existâ€¦â€there was no freedom of speechâ€, they say; during Fujimoriâ€™s government: go to the newspaper archives at the National Library and you will find out that it wasnâ€™t so..Taking everything into accountâ€¦up to now I have yet to find â€œhonestâ€ people that can seriously discuss this.
Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori’s right hand man, Vladimiro Montesinos, two top ex-generals and a major were sentenced to 25 years in jail Friday for ordering murders during Peru’s so-called dirty war in the 1990s.
Montesinos, former armed forces chief Juan Hermoza Rios, army chief Julio Salazar Monroe and major Santiago Martin Rivas were found guilty of ordering the Colina Group, a secret army hit squad, to kill 24 people in two massacres in 1991 and 1992.
They were also found guilty in the disappearance of a journalist in 1992.
Twenty other members of the Colina Group were sentenced to 15-25 years behind bars.
The massacres took place during Fujimori’s 10-year fight against the leftist Shining Path guerrillas, in which atrocities were committed by both sides.
Montesinos was Fujimori’s intelligence chief. He was privy to government policies and strategy in its campaign against leftist insurgents until both men fled the country amid corruption charges in late 2000.
Montesinos is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for delivering weapons to Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel group, but under Peruvian law will only have to serve the longer of the two sentences, which in this case is 25 years.
Fujimori was also sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for authorizing the Colina Group massacres. Later that same year, he was sentenced to 15 years for paying 15 million dollars to Montesinos, and in 2007 he was given a six-year prison sentence for ordering a raid on Montesinos’s wife.
Before sentencing at the Callao Navy Base, Montesinos was all smiles as he presented reporters with two books he wrote in prison about Chilean espionage in Peru and his fight against the Shining Path.
During the sentencing by judge Ines Villa Bonilla, former Colina Group members defiantly stood up and sang the Peruvian army’s anthem.
After the court proceedings, Montesinos and the other convicted criminals filed appeals through their lawyers.