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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 01:54 GMT
US cancels Montesinos' visa

The United States has revoked the visa of Peru's former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who's a fugitive from Peruvian justice.

The State Department in Washington said his status no longer qualified him for a visa.

Mr Montesinos was president Alberto Fujimori's chief adviser for ten years and became one of the most powerful men in the country.

But he was sacked after being implicated in bribery allegations that led the president to call early elections next year.

On Thursday, Mr Fujimori said the hunt for Mr Montesinos was continuing.

He said an additional ten million dollars appropriated by Mr Montesinos had been found in secret bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, the United States and Uruguay. Last week, the Swiss authorities seized almost fifty million dollars in hidden accounts on suspicion of money-laundering.

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