Thursday, March 25, 2004

Peru Ends Intelligence Gathering Service

Peru dissolved the country's intelligence Service on Tuesday following Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero recent statement that too many of its agents had ties to former president Alberto Fujimori.

He said the decision was reached after the chief of the National Intelligence Council, Vice Admiral Ricardo Arbocco, tendered his resignation following questioning about ties to Vladimiro Montesinos -- the former intelligence head and a close ally of Fujimori -- who fled to Japan and resigned the presidency in 2000.

Montesinos has been sentenced after corruption trials and faces several more. Fujimori is wanted on corruption charges.

Arbocco quit in order "not to affect the government of President Alejandro Toledo," said the prime minister.

Ferrero said the government then decided to deactivate the service and to close its headquarters located south of the capital, near Las Palmas Air Base.

Channel News Asia

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