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Peru's Former Spy Chief Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison


The former head of Peru's intelligence agency has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in supplying weapons to leftist guerillas in Colombia in 1999.

Vladimiro Montesinos was found guilty Thursday at a high security naval prison in Lima's port of Callao, where he is already serving a 15-year term for corruption.

The court ordered Montesinos and five co-defendants to pay a fine of about $3 million. Prosecutors say the men arranged to have 10,000 assault rifles delivered to Colombia's leftist rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Montesinos still faces a possible 35-year sentence on charges that link him to a paramilitary death squad in the 1990's.

Montesinos was Peru's spy chief during former President Alberto Fujimori's 10-year autocratic rule.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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