Former Peruvian Intelligence Chief Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years for 1992 Massacre

The former intelligence chief of Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, Vladimiro Montesinos, has been sentenced to 19 years and eight months in prison for his involvement in the 1992 massacre of six suspected rebels in central Peru. This long-awaited verdict comes as a significant milestone in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their families.

Montesinos, who was already serving time for previous convictions, recently pleaded guilty to charges of homicide, murder, and forced disappearance. He admitted to ordering the execution of six farmers in the town of Pativilca, accusing them of being members of a rebel group. These innocent individuals were forcefully taken from their homes by soldiers and mercilessly killed.

A former military officer and lawyer for drug traffickers in the 1980s, Montesinos rose to power as the intelligence chief after Fujimori’s election in 1990. Fujimori himself is also facing charges in connection with the massacre, but he has not pleaded guilty. A trial is expected to determine his role in the tragic event.

It is worth noting that Fujimori, now 85 years old, was released from prison in December following a controversial presidential pardon in 2017. He had been serving a 25-year sentence for his involvement in the slayings of 25 Peruvians by death squads during the 1990s.

Montesinos, on the other hand, has been behind bars since 2001, facing numerous counts of corruption schemes and human rights violations. Interestingly, he remains incarcerated in a prison by the Pacific Ocean, a facility he himself helped design during his time of power under the Fujimori government from 1990 to 2000.

The actions of Montesinos ultimately led to the downfall of Fujimori’s presidency. The emergence of clandestine tapes exposed his involvement in bribery, as he was caught paying off congressmen, businessmen, and media moguls in an attempt to secure support for Fujimori’s government.

This latest development serves as a reminder that justice can prevail, even after years of evasion. The sentencing of Montesinos brings some solace to the victims’ families and sends a strong message that those responsible for heinous crimes will be held accountable.

 

 

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  1. It is estimated that during Alberto Fujimori’s presidency in Peru from 1990 to 2000, over 69,000 people were killed or disappeared as a result of political violence and human rights abuses. This period was marked by widespread corruption and authoritarianism, with Montesinos playing a key role in carrying out and covering up these crimes.

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