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.