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Peru Justice Minister Aurelio Pastor fired

TV footage of Vladimiro Montesinos putting money on a table in front of  Jose Enrique Crousillat, filmed in 2001
Montesinos was filmed piling money on a table in front of Crousillat

Peru President Alan Garcia has fired his justice minister.

Aurelio Pastor had faced calls to resign for allegedly providing unreliable information that led to the release of Jose Enrique Crousillat.

Crousillat, former owner of America Television's Channel, 4 was jailed for taking payoffs to provide favourable coverage for a previous government.

Mr Garcia has revoked the pardon - for humanitarian reasons - and a judge ordered Crousillat's arrest.

Crousillat was sentenced in 2006 to eight years in prison for taking payoffs from former intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos, to run favourable news about President Alberto Fujimori.

Crousillat complained of heart problems and was granted a presidential pardon in December.

But following his release, he was seen in apparently good health in restaurants and on beaches in Lima.

Opposition parties had called for Mr Pastor's resignation, for allegedly presenting unreliable evidence that led President Garcia to pardon Crousillat.

Montesinos, who is now serving a 15-year prison sentence, was the behind-the-scenes power broker during Fujimori's 10-year government, which fell in 2000 amid a corruption scandal.



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