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Wednesday, 22 November, 2000, 11:08 GMT
The video that shocked Peru
Videotape
The spy chief appears to be handing over cash
The scandal that led to the resignation of Alberto Fujimori as President of Peru, was sparked by the release of a short video.

The tape, obtained by the opposition and released in mid-Setember, allegedly showed Peru's powerful security chief engaging in vote-buying.

It shocked the nation.

Luis Alberto Kouri
Mr Kouri said money was a loan to buy a truck to distribute food to the poor
After the tape was broadcast on cable television, Mr Fujimori told the nation he was calling a general election in which he would not stand.

In the video, Vladimiro Montesinos, head of the National Intelligence Service (SIN), is shown apparently handing $15,000 to opposition congressman Luis Alberto Kouri to switch sides and thereby give the government a majority in parliament.

A transcript of the tape, published in the pro-opposition daily La Republica, appears to detail a discussion between the two men over the timing of the congressman's defection to Mr Fujimori's Peru 2000 party, and how much money Mr Kouri would want to move to the government benches.

According to La Republica, Mr Montesinos starts by insisting on when the congressman must switch parties:

Montesinos: It has to be August, because we have to vote in an election for the president of the Congress...

Kouri: Can I vote according to my conviction, my conscience?

Montesinos: No, no, no, no, no.

Kouri: Of course, we'll agree that it is the person indicated, in other words [Francisco] Tudela...

After further discussion about Peruvian politics and customs, the two men get down to talking about money.

Kouri: What are the possibilities?

Montesinos: You can negotiate.

Kouri: Let's try as far as possible...

Montesinos - interrupting: How much? How much? Here's 10 [taking an envelope from his pocket]. You tell me.

Kouri: No, let's talk about 15, 20...

Montesinos: Fine.

Kouri: Fifteen!

Montesinos: Ten plus five, 15 [taking another packet from a pocket]

Kouri: What about the possibility of recuperating my campaign expenses?...

Montesinos: How much have you spent up until now?

Kouri: More or less...

Montesinos - interrupting: I believe $30,000 went to [opposition leader Alejandro] Toledo?

Kouri: I gave 22, plus another 20,000 I've spent here and there...

Montesinos: $40,000 or 50,000... that's quite a bit, no?

Kouri: It's an investment....

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