Fugitive Peruvian TV owner Crousillat captured in Lima


By Jorge Riveros Cayo

Peruvian TV broadcaster Crousillat arrested Monday early morning
José Enrique Crousillat, former broadcaster of América Televisión-Channel 4, was arrested this morning after a pardon granted by president García on humanitarian grounds was canceled and an arrest warrant was ordered again. Crousillat was serving an eight-year sentence for selling the editorial line of his channel to the Fujimori regime. (Photo: RPP)

José Enrique Crousillat, former TV executive of América Televisión-Channel 4, was arrested in Miraflores, Monday early morning, announced the Interior Minister, Miguel Hidalgo.

Crousillat, 78, did not resist the police arrest that took place at 3:30 a.m. in an apartment located in Avenida La Paz 1459-202, Miraflores, apparently rented by Rubén Ávila, reported various news sources.

The former TV executive was taken around 6 a.m. to medical examiners in downtown Lima where it was confirmed his health is satisfactory, said Hidalgo.

Crousillat was handcuffed and taken to the Police headquarters. Later he was transferred to the Second Anti Corruption Court, located in Lince.

In December 2009, Crousillat was granted a pardon on humanitarian grounds because he reportedly suffered from hypertensive heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, and atrial fibrillation.

Video footage of Crousillat and his son, Francisco, receiving millions of dollars from Montesinos. (Image: Frecuencia Latina-Channel 2)

The ex TV executive was serving an eight-year sentence for selling the editorial line of América Televisión to Vladimiro Montesinos, chief of Fujimori’s Intelligence Service.

Crousillat and his son, Francisco, escaped to Argentina after a video was aired in 2001, where Montesinos is seeing giving Crousillat no less than US$ 2 million in cash.

In April 2005 both of them were extradited to Peru, where they had been already sentenced in absence.

Crousillat was interned in a clinic, alleging health problems, where his sentence was read. He managed to remain in the clinic for almost two years.

Crousillat managed to be kept interned at a clinic for almost two years in order to escape serving his sentence in prison. (Photo: Internet)

On December 11, 2009, president García signed a pardon on humanitarian grounds.  Time after it would prove to be one of García’s biggest mistakes during his present administration.

Furthermore, the pardon was granted because the TV broadcaster claimed he had a very fragile health condition.

The pardon was granted despite the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) released three reports assuring Crousillat had to be kept in prison because his health condition was stable.

In January 2010, Crousillat was seen shopping in a supermarket in Asia, a posh beach resort 130 kilometers south of Lima.
Two months later the Judiciary System ordered his arrest once again.

On March 14, president García canceled Crousillat’s pardon sustaining that he had made several public appearances in which his health condition seemed to be quite stable, which distorted the motive of being pardoned.

Crousillat has been arrested after thirteen months of remaining a fugitive.

García said Monday morning that this time “the bars will be very well closed.”

See the archives about the Crousillat case.

Watch how Crousillat is taken to the National Police headquarters (Video: El Comercio/Ernesto Lastra Morris):