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Peru's Former Spy Chief Convicted of Extortion

Peru's former head of intelligence, Vladimiro Montesinos, has been convicted of extorting money from jailed drug traffickers in exchange for influencing their court cases.

An anti-corruption court Tuesday sentenced Montesinos to seven years in prison. So far, courts have convicted Montesinos on several corruption counts. Trials on other charges are on-going or pending.

Montesinos was captured in 2001 in Venezuela and brought back to Peru to face a range of charges, including illegal arms dealing.

Some information for this report provided by AP.