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Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 05:50 GMT 06:50 UK
Peru judges question Montesinos

Judges in Peru are continuing to question the former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who is being held at a top security prison in the capital, Lima.

A senior judge said Mr Montesinos - who was seen as the power behind the disgraced former President, Alberto Fujimori - was being questioned on charges ranging from murder, drug-trafficking and embezzlement.

He was brought back to Peru last week after his dramatic capture in Venezuela following eight months on the run.

Mr Montesinos has begun a hunger-strike, demanding to be moved from the small high-security prison where he is held with top rebel leaders.

In fact, Mr Montesinos designed the prison for them, but they also want him moved, saying he is a common criminal.

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