The former advisor Vladimiro Montesinos reappeared this Wednesday in a court hearing on the case of Leonor La Rosathe former agent of the Army Intelligence Service (SIE) who denounced torture during the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).
The Fourth National Criminal Court for Temporary Liquidation heard the final arguments of Julio Salazar Monroe, former intelligence chief who is part of the list of eight accused in this process for the crime of serious injuries, including Montesinos.
Fujimori’s number two was left hours after the former dictator (1990-2000) requested in another room that the humanitarian pardon granted to him, in December 2017, by the then ruler Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, be restored, a grace that was annulled by the Supreme Court of Peru in October 2018.
Of the eight defendants, the only thing missing is the presentation of Montesinos’ defense, who appeared sleepy or taking notes. In the end he required to meet in a virtual room with his lawyer. The court scheduled a new hearing for October 18, at 2:00 p.m., so that Salazar Monroe’s defense can conclude its arguments.
La Rosa accused the SIE officers, to which she belonged, in January and February 1997, of subduing and violating her for leaking information to the press, a scandal for which five years later, in February 2002, former president Alejandro Toledo He apologized on behalf of the State and compensated her with $120,000.
The complainant, who can only move around in a wheelchair, has resided in Sweden since 1998, when she was considered protected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Last June, Montesinos was sentenced to 23 years in prison, along with the former head of the Colina covert military group, Martín Rivas, for the aggravated murder of Mariella Barreto, another former intelligence agent.
According to La República, Barreto was being investigated by the Army for allegedly revealing a secret plan to attack journalist César Hildebrandt and was also accused by her superiors of having revealed confidential information about the construction of a tunnel that facilitated the rescue of the Movement’s hostages. Revolutionary Tupac Amaru (MRTA) in April 1997.
The former advisor has remained in prison since 2001 for a series of sentences for crimes of corruption and human rights abuses, committed during the years he was linked to the regime. Montesinos has previously been convicted of other crimes against humanity attributed to the Colina group, such as the Barrios Altos massacre and the disappearance of three people in the basements of the National Intelligence Service, cases in which he received sentences of 25 years in prison.