Fujimori ex-aide sentenced for 1990s Peru massacres



Fujimori ex-aide sentenced for 1990s Peru massacres Lima: 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 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.

Bureau Report

Jammu: In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops fired at Indian posts in Kerni sub-sector of Poonch district late Friday night.

This is the fourth ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in less than five days in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing on Ring forward defence post in Kerni sub-sector along the LoC late last night, a senior Army official of 16 Corps said here today.

Indian troops guarding the border retaliated resulting in exchanges for over one-and-a-half hour.

There was no casualty or damage to the posts in the firing, he said, adding the firing was aimed at giving a cover to militants to infiltrate Indian territory.

This was a clear ceasefire violation and Indian authorities have lodged a protest with the counterparts in this regard today.

Pakistani troops has resorted to heavy shelling of mortars and rockets in Krishna Ghati and Jhallas sub-sectors of Poonch district on September 28 and twice on September 29 in which Pakistan troops used heavy volume of mortar fire along with RPGs and machine guns, including nearly 80 mortar bombs and 40 rockets besides over 3000 rounds of weaponery on Indian forward posts.

Army troops has lodged a strong protest with Pakistani counterparts over the ceasefire violation.

"A flag meeting was held at the commanding officers level at Chakan-Da-Bagh LoC Crossing Point in Poonch in which a strong protest was lodged with Pakistani authorities over ceasefire violation and unprovoked heavy shelling and firing."

PTI