VENEZUELA: Montesinos’ Capture
Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2001
WORLD PRESS REVIEW - The dramatic capture and extradition in late June of former Peruvian intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos-after an intensive international search uncovered his hiding place in Caracas-has provoked a major diplomatic flap and fueled heated political controversy in Venezuela over the role of President Hugo Chávez and his government in the Montesinos affair.
Venezuelan security forces’ June 23 arrest of Montesinos, sought by Peruvian authorities to face multiple charges of corruption, bribery, and human-rights violations during his tenure as spymaster and political power broker under former President Alberto Fujimori, came just two days after Chávez's widely reported assurance to Peruvian President-elect Alejandro Toledo that Montesinos "will be returned to your country sooner than a rooster can crow if he is in Venezuela," the centrist El Nacional of Caracas (July 9) reported. MORE