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November 4, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Swiss authorities Friday froze about $50 million in Swiss bank accounts that they believe belong to Vladimiro Montesinos, Peru's fugitive ex-spy chief, and President Alberto Fujimori responded by promising to bring his former right-hand man to justice. The Peruvian president issued his first unabashed condemnation of Montesinos since ousting the all-powerful advisor and calling for early elections seven weeks ago amid a political crisis. "This money is surely illicit," Fujimori told reporters.
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April 4, 2009 | Chris Kraul
Former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru made an impassioned plea of innocence at his human rights crimes trial in the Peruvian capital, portraying himself Friday as the leader who rescued his country from anarchy, not the man prosecutors have cast as a "Frankenstein" monster. "Rather than prove my guilt, the prosecution has merely shown the inconsistency of its accusations," Fujimori said, alleging that prosecutors fabricated evidence in their effort to make an "iceberg from a piece of ice."
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NEWS
February 6, 2001 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine the ideal fugitive. He has millions of dollars stashed around the globe. He honed his spy skills as chief of one of Latin America's best espionage services. His international contacts include gunrunners, drug lords, bankers, lawyers, guerrillas, politicians and military officers in the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. That sketch of Vladimiro Montesinos, Peru's former spy chief, helps explain how he has eluded capture for four months.
WORLD
July 28, 2004 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
The former spy with a penchant for Dior shirts was once the demented genie of Peruvian politics. He could make you vanish if he didn't like you. He could think up phrases and they would become, as if by magic, the headlines of the next day's newspapers. He could make envelopes stuffed with untraceable cash appear on his desk. You wouldn't think it to see Vladimiro Montesinos now, as he faces charges in 64 trials.
WORLD
October 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Peru has delayed indefinitely the first public trial of Vladimiro Montesinos, which had been due to start Wednesday, after the former spy chief filed a motion aimed at removing the judges, a judicial spokeswoman said. She said that it was not clear how long it would take to decide the motion and that no new date had been set for the trial on charges of influence peddling.
WORLD
August 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Switzerland handed back to Peru $77.5 million in "dirty money" seized from bank accounts held by Lima's former spy chief and a general accused of corruption, Zurich prosecutors said. The sum included $49.5 million in bribes that intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos allegedly collected for brokering dozens of arms deals. Former Gen. Nicolas de Bari Hermoza Rios also is suspected of taking bribes for arms deals. He has agreed to have $21 million repatriated.
WORLD
May 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor has filed homicide charges against former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos and 18 army officers, alleging that they executed three Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement rebels who surrendered in a 1997 hostage rescue. The attorney general's office also said an investigation would be opened into former President Alberto Fujimori's "presumed responsibility" for the deaths. Congress would have to lift Fujimori's immunity before charges could be pressed.
NEWS
November 14, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Peru's opposition ousted President Alberto Fujimori's stalwart head of Congress from her post and released a new video showing the president's fugitive former spy chief calling the shots with the military. The video was released after Fujimori was criticized for abruptly leaving the escalating political chaos behind and flying to a trade summit in Brunei.
WORLD
January 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos went on trial on the most serious charges he has faced since his arrest nearly three years ago: smuggling guns to leftist rebels in neighboring Colombia. He is accused of masterminding an operation in which 10,000 Kalashnikov rifles were procured from Jordan and parachuted to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 1999. Montesinos denies the charge.
WORLD
February 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Vladimiro Montesinos, the former spy chief who was once Peru's most feared man, went on trial at a Lima prison guarded by hundreds of police commandos. "It is the beginning of the public trial of probably the most corrupt man in the history of Peru," said special state attorney Ronald Gamarra.
WORLD
January 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos went on trial on the most serious charges he has faced since his arrest nearly three years ago: smuggling guns to leftist rebels in neighboring Colombia. He is accused of masterminding an operation in which 10,000 Kalashnikov rifles were procured from Jordan and parachuted to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 1999. Montesinos denies the charge.
WORLD
February 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Vladimiro Montesinos, the former spy chief who was once Peru's most feared man, went on trial at a Lima prison guarded by hundreds of police commandos. "It is the beginning of the public trial of probably the most corrupt man in the history of Peru," said special state attorney Ronald Gamarra.
WORLD
October 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Peru has delayed indefinitely the first public trial of Vladimiro Montesinos, which had been due to start Wednesday, after the former spy chief filed a motion aimed at removing the judges, a judicial spokeswoman said. She said that it was not clear how long it would take to decide the motion and that no new date had been set for the trial on charges of influence peddling.
WORLD
September 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos is not only accused of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, but he might have spilled the world's priciest cup of coffee, a state attorney said. "One time, Montesinos lost $1 million when he carelessly spilled his cup of coffee on a bank certificate, which was ruined. From then on, he put his money in bank accounts," said Luis Vargas, who heads the case against Montesinos. In Peru, bank certificates are used like cash and cannot be replaced.
WORLD
August 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Switzerland handed back to Peru $77.5 million in "dirty money" seized from bank accounts held by Lima's former spy chief and a general accused of corruption, Zurich prosecutors said. The sum included $49.5 million in bribes that intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos allegedly collected for brokering dozens of arms deals. Former Gen. Nicolas de Bari Hermoza Rios also is suspected of taking bribes for arms deals. He has agreed to have $21 million repatriated.
WORLD
July 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
PERU * Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos was convicted of abuse of authority and sentenced to nine years in prison in the first of 100 trials he faces on charges ranging from corruption to ordering murder. Standing stone-faced, Montesinos, 57, heard the sentence in a courtroom at the naval base in Lima, the capital, where he has been held since his capture in Venezuela in June 2001. A court spokeswoman said the sentence would include time already served and run until June 2010.
WORLD
July 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
PERU * Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos was convicted of abuse of authority and sentenced to nine years in prison in the first of 100 trials he faces on charges ranging from corruption to ordering murder. Standing stone-faced, Montesinos, 57, heard the sentence in a courtroom at the naval base in Lima, the capital, where he has been held since his capture in Venezuela in June 2001. A court spokeswoman said the sentence would include time already served and run until June 2010.
NEWS
January 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Four close relatives of Vladimiro Montesinos and four retired army generals with close ties to the fugitive former spy chief were arrested on corruption and other charges, Peruvian authorities said. Police said Montesinos' daughter, sister, brother and sister-in-law are being held along with the four retired generals--including former Interior Minister and Army Gen. Walter Chacon. Authorities said they were taken into custody in a surprise raid.
WORLD
May 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor has filed homicide charges against former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos and 18 army officers, alleging that they executed three Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement rebels who surrendered in a 1997 hostage rescue. The attorney general's office also said an investigation would be opened into former President Alberto Fujimori's "presumed responsibility" for the deaths. Congress would have to lift Fujimori's immunity before charges could be pressed.
NEWS
March 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Peruvian congressional commission is investigating accounts that a secret underground furnace discovered in the army's headquarters was used to incinerate people during the hard-line rule of former President Alberto Fujimori, an official said. "We have three secret witnesses . . . at least two of them indicate they were informed [that people were incinerated]," said a spokesman for the commission investigating Fujimori's top aide, jailed former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos.
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