Ash Kosiewicz

Ash Kosiewicz (Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team): Ash graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a dual degree in government and journalism. After graduation, he worked for two years as a child support officer with the Texas Office of the Attorney General. In 2004, he moved to Ecuador, where he lived for 10 months working with a local foundation in Guayaquil to raise funds for a health center project in the rural canton of Santa Lucia. Upon returning from Ecuador, he worked for two years as communicators director with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which provides legal aid to the poor in the United States. At the time of his fellowship, Ash was studying for a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After his fellowship, Ash wrote: "The AP experience has given me another incredibly impactful experience in Latin America. It has given me an incredible story to tell, one that truly leaves people interested though unsure how to respond. I feel like I’ve gone through some pretty intense stuff, and I’ve come out of it stronger and more aware. I know I can handle tough environments, and work in a fast paced environment."

What’s News In Peru – Take Two

28 Jun

I admit it, I’m a news junkie.

Here’s what’s making news this weekend in Peru, courtesy of La Republica and the BBC …

“Montesinos To Testify Monday”

The much-awaited testimony of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori’s key advisor Vladimiro Montesinos in the Fujimori trial is finally set for Monday. The testimony was formally delayed due to requests made by Fujimori’s attorney to have the tribunal adjourn on numerous occasions at mid-day given Fujimori’s supposed delicate health after undergoing surgery. Others claim that Fujimori’s defense team needed time to clarify what they could offer Montesinos in exchange for his favorable testimony.

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The burning question – Will Montesinos talk? The jury is still out. Some say he will preserve silence not to incriminate himself. Others say he may try to absolve Fujimori in return for a future amnesty. Montesinos has already been sentenced to 20 years in jail for giving firearms to the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). The suspense ends at 9 a.m., Monday morning.

“Mass Graves Discovered In Peru”

Sound familiar? World Service, the BBC’s international radio station, revisited EPAF’s work in Putis for a special feature piece on its Friday broadcast. The EPAF story is the second of three fascinating stories from different parts of the world.

In addition, Jose Pablo Baraybar, executive director of EPAF, will be the featured guest Tuesday on Open Studio, an online interview program through the BBC’s Spanish division BBC Mundo. Feeling brave, Spanish speakers? Click on the link and send the BBC a question to ask Jose Pablo – just fill out the form on the right side of the page.


Fujimori’s attorney Cesar Nakazaki (foreground): The president cannot be blamed because there is no written document showing he gave the order to kill.

Fujimori: Thank you, Doctor Nakazaki. According to you, I am innocent.


Posted By Ash Kosiewicz

Posted Jun 28th, 2008


  • Cesar Saenz Luyo

    June 29, 2008


    Lo asombroso sería que Vladimiro Montesino hable y responda todas las preguntas. Pero, creo que, lamentablemente, en Perú estamos acostumbrados a que TODO VAYA FUERA DE LO NORMAL y somos testigos de UN MEGA JUICIO que, más bien, se va convirtiendo en UN FESTIVAL DE ESTRATEGIAS PARA VALIDAR LA IMPUNIDAD EN VIOLACIONES A LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS. Honestamente espero estar y me gustaría estar equivocado.

    Translation: It would be most surprising if Vladimiro Montesinos spoke and answered all the questions he was asked. But, I believe, sadly, that in Peru we are accustomed to the fact that what occurs is often far from normal and we are witnesses to a grand trial that is becoming a collection of strategies to validate the impunity of the violation of human rights. Honestly I hope and would love to be wrong.

  • César Sáenz Luyo

    June 30, 2008


    Hoy Lunes Montesinos hizo alarde de su habilidad para no NO RESPONDER LO QUE DEBERIA RESPONDER. Y se limitó a señalar que NI FUJIMORI NI EL SON RESPONSABLES DE LOS CARGOS DE VIOLACION A LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS. Yo me pregunto: Hasta cuando los perunaos tenemnos que seguir escuchando estos argumentos que validan la impunidad?. Los peruanos estamos siendo testigos de un “show de proteccion” a los crímenes de lesa humanidad.

    Translation: Today on Monday Montesinos showed off his ability to not say what he should have said. And he only went so far as to say he and Fujimori are not responsible for the charges of the violation of human rights. I ask myself: Until when will we Peruvians have to keep listening to these arguments that validate impunity? Peruvians are witnesses to a protection show for those who committ crimes against humanity.

  • AndrésCM

    July 1, 2008


    Maybe the one in the background is Montesinos instead of Fujimori?

  • Holly

    July 1, 2008


    What a pretty face but can we believe him? He’s already in jail – what has he got to lose!?

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