Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Will Chile extradite Fujimori? A Chronology permanent link   3 comments
April 18th, 2006 - Update:

The Supreme Court of Argentina ruled in favor of extraditing peruvian television industralists José Francisco and José Enrique Crosuillat, both wanted by Peruvian justice for their bond with Fujimori's ex-spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos. They are accused of the crimes of "peculado, illicit association to break the law and corruption of civil employees". Both appear in the so-called 'vladivideos' receiving money in the millions.
The Argentine lawyer who represents the Peruvian state, Hugo Wortman, indicated that the ex-directors of 'América Televisión' could be transferred to Lima within ten days.
Peru ordered the capture of the two TV moguls in February 2001 after a video spread in which they were seen receiving money from Montesinos, supposedly in exchange for putting the channel in favor of the government of Alberto Fujimori.

April 6th, 2006 - Sidenote:

Alberto Fujimori married his Japanese sweetheart Thursday by filing legal documents in Japan, a spokesman for the woman's company said.
Representatives of Fujimori and longtime friend Satomi Kataoka, owner of Tokyo's upscale Hotel Princess Garden, filed a marriage registration for the couple in the Japanese capital, said hotel spokesman Tetsuo Matsui.
In Japan, couples are officially married once the registration has been submitted to a municipal office. Kataoka resides in the Tokyo area.
Ms Kataoka has now travelled to Peru for the country's presidential and congressional elections on Sunday, where her stepdaughter, Keiko Fujimori, is running for Congress. She looks likely to win a seat in Congress that she hopes to use to try to clear her father's name.

April 4th, 2006 - Update:

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will be extradited from Chile to Peru to face corruption and human rights charges before this summer, Peru's Justice Minister Alejandro Tudela said Tuesday. Tudela said the extradition would be completed before Peru's current administration leaves office in July.

April 3rd, 2006 - Sidenote:

The daughter of Alberto Fujimori looks likely to win a seat in Congress this weekend that she hopes to use to try to clear her father's name.
Polls show that Keiko Fujimori, who acted as first lady for her father when she was just 19, is the most popular congressional candidate from Lima and would likely win one of the 35 seats from the capital. The legislature has 120 seats.
Keiko Fujimori, a charismatic 30-year-old, would receive 14.3 percent of votes for Congress in the April 9 election, enough to make victory likely given the size of the pool of candidates, according to a poll done on March 15-19 by Peru's respected CPI agency. The poll was released on Monday.

March 30, 2006 - Update:

Amnesty International and Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos del Peru, the National Human Rights Coordinating Body of Peru, revealed today that over 20,000 people from all over the world had joined the international campaign to ensure that the case against Alberto Fujimori is resolved promptly.
The signatures – from countries including England, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru – are part of a set of signatures which will be presented to the Chilean courts in the near future.
"The 20,000 signatures represent 20,000 victims of the armed conflict in Peru. The only thing these victims received from Fujimori was torture, death and impunity," Amnesty International said.
"It is crucial for Peru’s future that Fujimori is tried for the crimes against humanity of which he is accused. A Peru without justice is a country without a future," said the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos.
"The struggle against impunity must be pursued not only by relatives who are committed to the question of justice but by all societies who understand and support the issue. Only in this way will be able to punish human rights violators," said Gisella Ortiz, sister of Luis Enrique Ortiz Perea, one of the victims of the massacre that took place at La Cantuta University.
"No one with a modicum of moral sensitivity can remain indifferent to these cases," said Jaime Beneyto, an Amnesty International volunteer in Spain, as he signed the petition.
"What made me sign is that personally I feel it is ridiculous that crimes of this kind can go unpunished," said Edurne de la Hera, a cyberactivist from Spain.
"I joined the campaign because I believe that crimes against humanity should be punished so that these kinds of acts, which wound the very conscience of humanity, will never again be committed," said Pablo Arenales, a Colombian human rights defender.
"The campaign will continue until all victims of human rights violations in Peru receive justice and reparation," said Amnesty International.

March 28, 2006 - Update:

The Chilean judge examining Peru's request for the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will ask Japan to provide judicial documents detailing exchanges between Japan and Peru on the same request, the secretariat of Chile's Supreme Court said Tuesday.
The decision was made in response to a request by Fujimori's lawyers, who claim the Japanese documents will show Peru failed to provide convincing evidence to grant an extradition request.

March 21, 2006 - Update:

1) The campaign for the re-election of ex- president Alberto Fujimori in the last decade cost more than 4 million dollars, money that was taken from the public treasury (Ministry of Defense and the National Intelligence Service). Those were the established results in the closing report of expert investigators, which was presented today before the the Superior Court of Justice in Lima.

2) The Peruvian government will present a writ to the Chilean judge Orlando Álvarez in order to refute the arguments of former president Alberto Fujimori, prosecutor Antonio Maldonado informed. “We want to express the position of the Peruvian government in front of Fujimori’s declarations. Furthermore we are interested in specifying the points to be discussed in this process”.
During the interrogations Fujimori said he was innocent of all the charges presented by the Peruvian justice, he did not remember the corruption cases nor the violations of human rights during his regime. When he was asked about the massacres of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta, he answered that he heard on the radio about the first one and he read in a local newspaper about the second one. He added that he ignored the theft of public funds and the payment of millionaire “gifts” (coimas) for the purchase of weapons.

March 18, 2006 - Update:

A U.S. lawyer hired to track down hidden assets of Augusto Pinochet said on Thursday that he had identified more than $100 million in bank accounts linked to the former Chilean dictator.
"It's in excess of $100 million to be sure," said Pedro Martinez-Fraga of the Miami-based Greenberg Traurig law firm. He had been following the money trail of Pinochet for a year and a half after being hired for the job by the Chilean government. Chile's courts have since found more than a hundred accounts linked to Pinochet under different names.
Martinez-Fraga said he expected to be hired soon to look into whether funds were stashed in secret bank accounts by ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and his notorious former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos.
"It would be an inquiry into Fujimori and Montesinos," he said. "The government of Chile recommended my services," he added without elaborating.

March 12, 2006 - Update:

Side note: Alberto Fujimori will wed his longtime Japanese girlfriend in the coming weeks, a spokesman for the ex-leader said Sunday. Satomi Kataoka, a Japanese hotel magnate, announced at a Lima disco Saturday night that she will marry Fujimori before Peru's April 9 elections.

Feb.21, 2006 - Update:

Chile's Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a request from Fujimori's lawyers for his release on bail.
The ruling by the Supreme Court makes it likely Fujimori will be held in custody in Chile for a long period of time because it will take six months to a year before the court reaches a final conclusion after deliberations.

Jan.31, 2006 - Update:

Fujimori was questioned by a Chilean judge today, the first of many such meetings as Chile decides if it will extradite him to face corruption and human rights charges at home.
"This will be the first of various interrogations," court spokesman Miguel Gonzales told reporters.
Orlando Alvarez, the Supreme Court judge handling the Fujimori case, must examine 12 boxes of evidence against the former leader before recommending for or against extradition to Peru.
The court spokesman said Fujimori was questioned for four hours on Tuesday.

Jan.27, 2006 - Update:

Peru's national election commission has rejected an objection a group of Fujimori supporters had filed against the commission's final decision to ban him from running in the presidential election in April, Peruvian newspapers reported Friday.

Jan.9, 2006 - Update:

The Electoral Court rejected Mr Fujimori's candidacy on Sunday, two days after his daughter registered him for the April 9 election, and a day before the deadline to enter the race, which falls Monday at midnight, Peruvian media reported.
The court will announce its ruling officially on Tuesday.

Jan.6, 2006 - Update:

A Supreme Court judge ordered Friday that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori be held indefinitely pending Chile's consideration of a request from Peru for his extradition.
Judge Orlando Alvarez issued the ruling shortly after receiving the roughly 16,000 pages of documentation submitted by Lima to support its extradition request.
The decision closed the door on the defense's hopes of getting Fujimori freed on bail while Chilean authorities ponder the extradition, but he will be allowed to receive visitors in detention.

Jan.3, 2006 - Update::

Today, Peru formally asked Chile to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori so he can be tried on human rights and corruption charges. The request was delivered to Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker by Peruvian Ambassador Jose Antonio Meir and special prosecutor Antonio Maldonado.

The 12 cases compiled by Peru against Fujimori include the death squad killing of 25 people in two incidents known as La Cantuta and Barrios Altos, illegal telephone tapping, diversion of state money to the intelligence service, bribing of politicians, and the transfer of $15 million to Fujimori's spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.


Nov.22, 2005:

"Chile's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a ruling by a lower tribunal rejecting a request to free former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori as he battles to avoid extradition to Peru. The ruling means that he remains under arrest at an academy for corrections officers in Santiago. Last Friday, Peru's Supreme Court approved nine charges for extradition, abuse of power and embezzlement are among the charges. The court will decide next week on whether it should include another round of charges, such as kidnapping and human rights violations. The judges said in a statement that the charges are in line with the 1932 extradition treaty signed between Chile and Peru. The Peruvian government made the request of arresting and extraditing Fujimori to the Chilean Foreign Ministry soon after his arrival in Chile in a private jet from Tokyo via Mexico.Fujimori, born in Peru to Japanese immigrants and was president from 1990 to 2000, fled Peru in November 2000 after a corruption scandal. He faxed his resignation soon after from a Tokyo hotel.Fujimoru is represented by the same Chilean attorneys who successfully represented former Argentinian president Carlos Menem in 2004, who was living in Chile, and faced an extradition request from Argentina to face alleged financial crimes. The Chilean Supreme Court denied Argentina's extradition requests on the grounds that they did not meet legal requirements."

Hoping that justice will be served in the country where the crimes were commited!

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At 1/09/2006 04:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Yours is a definite biased question. The real one should be... Is Fujimori inocent???.
Because everybody is inocent till prove it other way.

MOney is all for some people. Even after the atrocious political persecution against Fujimori still has to be proved that he is a criminal .

That is not the case of his partner Montesinos who already in prison and some confiscated money from swiss or Panama banks has already recovered for the peruvian government and Montesinos will be in prison for 20 or some more years.

Fujimori will be judged in a better judicial system. We all expect justice be serve.

LITTA (Blanca Nieves Blog)

At 1/09/2006 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

I totally agree with you that everybody is innocent until proven guilty. I never said anywhere in my post that he is guilty, I said "hopefully justice will be served where the crimes were committed". Is he innocent? I don't know, that's for a court of law to find out for us. And this court of law should be in Peru.
You say, he will be judged "in a better judicial system"? Which system are you referring to? In another country? Before God? Not sure what you mean...


At 2/02/2006 08:02:00 PM, Blogger De Luis wrote...

Good point Anonymous.

Is Fujimori inocent???.
Because everybody is inocent till prove it other way.

People are too fast with the conclusions..... let justice have it's way..


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