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Peru's Montesinos on Trial for FARC Gun-Running

Peru’s former all-powerful spymaster, Vladimiro Montesinos, appears in court on Tuesday to face the most serious charges against him to date: that he planned a huge gunrunning operation to Colombian FARC rebels in the late 1990s, just before a U.S.-backed crackdown. The case has all the elements of an international spy thriller: an ally of the United States in the fight against drugs in Peru stands accused of arming Washington’s enemy in the world’s cocaine capital. And investigators say evidence points to CIA support of Montesinos, but they say agents have refused to answer question about the matter. The trial of the man who ran Peru from the shadows for a decade as ex-President Alberto Fujimori’s right-hand man takes place in a courtroom on the naval base where Montesinos has been held since his arrest in June 2001. Full Story

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