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Wednesday, 14 March, 2001, 03:20 GMT
Fake Bishop accused of arms smuggling

Police in Ecuador say they have arrested a man, posing as an Anglican Bishop, on charges of arms smuggling.

The man, Walter Crespo, was detained last week with two former army colonels, after police intercepted a shipment of rockets and anti-personnel mines on the border with Colombia.

Officials would not comment on reports that the confiscated arms were destined for Colombian rebels.

They said ammunition and coded documents were discovered in his house in Quito.

Mr Crespo wears ecclesiastical robes and has established a following in Ecuador over several years, even though the Anglican Church says he has nothing to do with their organisation.

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