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Ex-Spy Chief Sentenced for Rebel Aid

September 22, 2006|From the Associated Press

CALLAO, Peru — Former Peruvian spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for masterminding a deal that parachute-dropped 10,000 assault rifles to Colombian leftist guerrillas seven years ago.

Soviet-era assault rifles from Jordan were delivered in 1999 to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Montesinos said he planned to appeal.

He already is serving a 15-year term on about a dozen corruption convictions.

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