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Prosecutor: There’s Proof of Fujimori Government Ties to Drug Trafficking

LIMA – Peruvian anti-drug prosecutor Sonia Medina said that there is abundant proof linking the 1990-2000 government of former President Alberto Fujimori to drug trafficking.

“That today the participation of certain (administration) individuals (in drug trafficking) is ... denied is something very far from the true history,” said Medina in remarks published on the weekend by the daily El Comercio.

Medina said that “there was much evidence that ... the individuals in Fujimori’s ... mafia were involved in different crimes, including drug trafficking.”

She went on to say that after the fall of Fujimori’s regime in 2000, many of the drug trafficking cases were filed and forgotten about.

Medina made her remarks in response to statements made by the son of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Juan Pablo Escobar, told Efe on Saturday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration blackmailed his family to publicly say that Fujimori and his former advisor Vladimiro Montesinos engaged in illicit business dealings with his father.

He said that the DEA offered to provide the wife and children of the Medellin drug cartel boss with visas so that they could leave Colombia after his death and life safely in the United States in exchange for their statements implicating Fujimori and his top officials.

Fujimori was sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity involving two massacres in 1991-1992, in which 25 people were killed by the undercover Colina military group, and for the kidnapping of a journalist and a businessman in 1992.

The former president has also been sentenced three times for corruption and is currently on trial for embezzlement.

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